OFM News reports that according to the provincial Hawks spokesperson, Lynda Steyn, the group’s court appearance follows after a Post Office manager in Virginia was reportedly approached by one of the employees – who was part of the group – to load 250 South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards with grant money.
She says they, in turn, promised to pay the manager R20 000.
Authorities were informed and the suspects – aged between 32 and 62 years old – were arrested on Wednesday following a sting operation by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Unit and Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit.
Steyn explains that the suspects include a former police officer who is on suspension for previous infringements, a cleaner at the post office, as well as two civilians.
Furthermore, two vehicles belonging to the suspects have also been confiscated during the sting operation.