A former official from the Department of Justice, who took out insurance policies on children he never had, will spend three years behind bars.
The Durban Regional Court last week convicted and sentenced Siyabonga Ndwandwe, a former Justice employee for insurance fraud. The 35-year-old was employed as an administration clerk in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
In 2017, he opened funeral policies with five different insurance companies, covering three non-existing children as his dependents. The following year, he submitted claims citing that his children were deceased, which raised some Red Flags.
As a result, an internal investigation was conducted and a case of fraud was reported at Durban Central Police Station. The case docket was allocated to the Hawks members from Durban Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for further investigation.
He was arrested in 2020 and was released on bail and appeared in court several times until he was found guilty.
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