A 38-year-old former member of the South African National Defence Force, Sipho Msiza was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for fraud by the Middelburg Regional Court on Monday, 26 July 2021.
According to the police statement, in January 2015, Msiza presented a cloned bank card for payment of a cell phone amounting to R6500 at one of the shops in Middelburg. During the payment the manager noticed a discrepancy with the card and called the police. Three more cloned cards were found in his possession. He was arrested and charged for contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
The case was transferred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Middelburg for a further probe which has resulted in Msiza being convicted and sentenced.