Two male waiters accused of skimming patrons’ bank cards and related fraudulent activities appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – better known as the Hawks – Captain Lloyd Ramovha said the suspects, 26-year-old Asanda Oxley Jadi, and 22-year-old Tafadzwa Felex Madziwadondo appeared in court under the Contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.
Ramovha explained both of the suspects’ alleged crimes.
On Saturday June 11, a “vigilant patron” allegedly spotted Jadi skimming a customer’s credit card at the yacht club at the Table Bay Harbour.
“Police were then called and the accused was found in possession of an unauthorised point of sale device (used to compromise bank card data), culminating in his arrest,” said Ramovha.
In the other case, Madziwadondo – a waiter at a restaurant on Racecourse Road in Milnerton – stands accused of Card Not Present Fraud.
It is alleged that Madziwadondo committed acts of fraud from January to June 2016, affecting several customers from all of the major banks.
“Investigations from the Hawks, as well as the banks, uncovered his involvement [and] on the day of his arrest, he was found in possession of several customers’ cards details,” said Ramovha.
The value of each of the suspects’ crimes was still to be determined, but Ramovha said “the loss is believed to be a substantial amount of money”.
Both suspects were remanded. Jadi is expected to return to court on July 20 and Madziwadondo on July 4 for a bail hearing.