The alleged kingpin of a card cloning syndicate in Cape Town has been jailed and will remain behind bars awaiting his trial.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Western Cape said Arthur Qedinda Dube, 38, was refused bail at the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court after appearing on charges of fraud on Tuesday.
Dube was traced to Johannesburg in March after detectives linked him to various fraudulent transactions in various areas around Cape Town.
“Dube was on the run at the time of his arrest, he appeared at the Hillbrow court and the case was transferred to the Muizenberg court, culminating in his appearance yesterday where the hawks successfully opposed his bail bid,” the Hawks statement said.
Dube’s co-accused, Silindilizwe Ntini, 40, and Lwazi Madonono, 30, are both out on bail.
“Ntini was arrested soon after a fraudulent incident at Vangate Mall, Cape Town, in October 2017 and further investigations led to the arrest of Madonono in May 2018,” the statement said.
“A stack of cloned cards linked to the trio that were reportedly used at various Cape Town Malls between 24 September and 3 October 2017 were seized.”
The trio is set to appear at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville on April 26.