An Isipingo home affairs official accused of participating in an insurance fraud scam was granted bail of R2,000 in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Monday (14 January).
Bongeka Khanyile, 29, will appear in court again on February 8.
Khanyile was the sixth person believed to be involved in a syndicate which cashed in on funeral policies, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said in a statement last week.
The syndicate allegedly used living people's identity documents to register them as deceased with the Department of Home Affairs.
One man's funeral policy, taken out with Momentum insurance company, was used to defraud the company of R50,000.
Police arrested the first alleged syndicate member, Jackson Zungu, on 12 December in Pinetown.
John Mhlangu from Stanger, was arrested shortly after. Mhlangu allegedly passed on the victim's particulars to Zungu.
On 13 December, Sibongiseni Thabethe and Mbongeni Majola were arrested in Durban.
Thabethe was arrested for a similar crime allegedly perpetrated in October last year and was released on bail.
On 14 December, a fifth person, Patros Dlamini, was arrested.
Khanyile was arrested on Friday (11 January) for allegedly stealing the relevant forms from the department, then registering the living person's details so a death certificate could be obtained.
When all the relevant documents were ready, the claim was submitted and R50,000 was fraudulently obtained from the funeral policy.
The other suspects appeared in court previously. All but one was granted bail of R1,200.
All were expected to appear with Khanyile in February.
Source: Sapa via I-Net Bridge
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