Doctor’s suspicion leads to the arrest of 2 SASSA fraudsters

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Two people, from Kwazakele in Port Elizabeth, were arrested last week after a doctor noticed that they were fraudulently applying for disability social grants.

The man and woman were charged for fraud and possession of suspected stolen property (medication).

According to a statement made by Eastern Cape SAPS spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, it is alleged that the two caught suspects – Nowhle Ngcelwane (55) and Andile Andries Heshu (54) – and another unidentified female (56) were at a SASSA office in Zwide to make an application for the grant.

“As per the procedure, the doctor on duty must conduct a thorough interview with all applicants as well as examine their medication. The doctor became suspicious during the interviews and informed the disability grant co-ordinator of his suspicion.

“While still probing them, one female applicant ran away. Police were contacted and the two remaining suspects were arrested,” Naidu stated.

There are also allegations that the medicines were obtained at a price from a person in Zwide.

On Friday, 22 January, Ngcelwane and Heshu appeared in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court. They were each released on R500 bail and are to appear in court again on 13 April.

“The arrest of the third suspect and the person who sold the medicine, is imminent,” informed Naidu.


  1. The whole system countrywide sounds broken to me. Belleville has certainly exposed the cracks and the way they organized the procedure and yet again failed citizens must surely be seen as a moral collapse in the national and provincial authorities!

    #genoegisgenoeg #enoughisenough #ourpeoplehassufferedenough #stoppit

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