This man caught for impersonating Bheki Cele during lockdown

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This man caught for impersonating Bheki Cele during lockdown

This man caught for impersonating Bheki Cele during the lockdown.

Zakhele Morris Nkosi, 34, faces charges of fraud following a summons to the White River Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga.

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Man impersonates Bheki Cele

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team and the Hawks’ Cyber Crime Investigation team both managed to apprehend BHEKI CELE Nkosi.

According to a spokeswoman, Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase, Nkosi is responsible for constructing a bogus social media account pretending to be Minister Bheki Cele during the tight lockdown in April 2020.

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He misled the public by saying that liquor stores would be open during the strict lockdown while using these false accounts.

“This is unbecoming and regarded as fake news as the Minister of Police has no valid social media account. This is a contravention of the regulations of the Disaster Management Act as it was during the hard lockdown levels to prevent the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase

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According to preliminary investigations, there are roughly 161 Facebook accounts and two Facebook groups that pose as belonging to Minister Bheki Cele.

These reports and organizations made use of the Minister’s names as well as his images.

On August 11, Nkosi must return to the Kanyamazane Magistrate’s Court. As investigations into more involved persons continue, more arrests are anticipated, according to Nkwalase.

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Mzomusha Hlongwane, a 25-year-old guy, is connected to more Facebook profiles.

On September 30 of the previous year, he received a summons to appear before the Bergville Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal.

Hlongwane entered a guilty plea to every allegation. On December 3, 2021, he was subsequently sentenced by the same court.

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He was given an R1,000 fine or 30 days in jail for breaking the Disaster Management Act’s rules.

Fraud was punished with an additional R2,000 fine or two months in jail. Under the condition that Hlongwane does not receive a fraud conviction during the five-year suspension period, this sentence is suspended.

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