Nomfundo Petronella Sambo, a woman who claimed deputy president David Mabuza was the mastermind of a murder scheme, will be spending at least seven years behind bars for a string of crimes.
The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court delivered the sentence on Tuesday, 29 September 2020, nearly 17 months after she was handcuffed.
According to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, Sambo had made allegations that on 5 November 2018, Mabuza had been plotting to murder Fred Daniel, an eco-tourism businessman.
“The alleged incident is purported to have happened in the police precinct of Sandton, which resulted in the opening of a criminal docket at Sandton police station,” said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
The woman admitted to lying and said she understood the magnitude of her charges.
False case of kidnapping, theft and robbery
However they found that the allegation made by the 32-year-old woman did not hold any water as the deputy president was out of the country at the time.
“It became clear that the statement may not have been truthful but a possible fabrication, including her relationship with the Deputy President,” said Mulaudzi.
As if that wasn’t enough, she has also admitted to posing as the deputy president’s niece, using the alias ‘Thandeka Mabuza.’ For the aforementioned, she was sentenced to five years imprisonment without the option of a fine.
“The court also found her guilty on a charge of opening a false case of kidnapping, theft and robbery at Low’s Creek SAPS, where she claimed that she lost a work laptop and R4 000 in cash. For this, Sambo was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without the option of a fine.”
The theft claims were reportedly made while she was out on bail.
“A further six years of imprisonment was imposed on her for a fraudulent purchase of furniture valued at R28 000 at Russells, Hazyview,” said Mulaudzi.
Sambo will serve seven years direct imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to all charges in August. She was arrested in March 2019 and was released on R3 000 bail – but this was revoked after she failed to attend the subsequent court appearances and she had remained in police custody until her sentencing.