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A 35-year-old former police reservist’s days were numbered as she was rearrested while leaving the Goodwood magistrate’s court, this time on a different charge.

Hawks spokesperson Cap Philano Nkwalase said Welita Anneline Sebonka allegedly used her knowledge of police processes and procedures and impersonated a senior Hawks official to solicit money from various victims for “police favours”. 

The Hawks’ serious corruption investigation team arrested her on Thursday 5 September in Goodwood soon after her court appearance on a similar fraud matter, for which she was granted bail. 

Nkwalase explained that she defrauded several victims in Paarl, Worcester, Robertson and Montague.

“Victims allegedly paid various amounts ranging from R4 500 to R14 000, believing that Sebonka, who pretended to be a police Brigadier, would expedite investigation on cases they reported to the police,” he explained.

Nkwalase told TygerBurger Sebonka gained her knowledge of police work while stationed at Macassar police station as a reservist between 14 February 2007 and 31 August 2012.

Explaining the role of a reservist, he said: “As a police reservist you are trained to assist police in fighting crime. This is on a voluntary basis.”

“A reservist, as any other police officer, is attached to a certain police station. They wear uniforms and assist police with arrests where needed,” he said.

Nkwalase said it is shocking that someone would go to this extent.

“People unfortunately believed her because she was so clued up about the work of police. We condemn this in the strongest possible terms. 

“People who go around pretending to be members of the Hawks or police brings our name to disrepute. 

“Our mandate is to investigate among others, serious corruption which will not be tolerated whether it’s done by our own officers or the public. These individuals will be dealt with accordingly, as is the case of this suspect (Sebonka).”

He called on the public to inform the Hawks and police of suspicious acts of this nature. “No Hawks official is to receive money from the public as we are paid by the government on a monthly basis. It is in our mandate not to take money from the public.”

Sebonka appeared in the Paarl magistrate’s court on charges of fraud and corruption on Monday 9 September. The case was postponed to Friday 13 September for bail information. 

She will soon after appear in the Robertson magistrate’s court on Monday 16 September. “All the cases will of course later be combined in one central court,” said Nkwalase.

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