Woman in Mabuza and Fred Daniel brawl arrested

The cops charged her with defeating the ends of justice, fraud and forgery.


A woman who claimed deputy president DD Mabuza was planning to assassinate Badplaas businessman Fred Daniel has now been arrested.

She was arrested Wednesday this week (13 Mar) in Mbombela and was due to appear in court.

She had claimed that she was Mabuza’s niece residing with him in his Johannesburg house.

She said one day in November 2018 she was cleaning the Mpumalanga politician’s study room in Johannesburg and found a diary lying on the table which detailed his plans moving forward.

Part of this plan was the “assassination” of Daniel, she said in an affidavit she wrote on 8 November 2018.

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She was calling herself a ‘Thandeka Mabuza’ but the media soon exposed her as 31-year-old Nomfundo Sambo who once worked as an admin clerk at the Mpunzana Primary School in Ka-Shabalala Trust near Hazyview and was now facing the Hawks over the affidavit she wrote.

News24 reports that said the woman is due to appear at the Mbombela Magistrates Court on Friday.

The woman had gone to a DA provincial office in Mbombela after ‘finding’ the ‘affidavit’. Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said an “identification parade” was held on Thursday and the DA official identified her “positively”.



The affidavit was going to be used by Daniel, the owner of the Cradle of Life nature reserve in Badplaas in his failed bid to obtain a protection order against Mabuza.

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On 27 August 2018, the Carolina Magistrates Court described Daniel as a very dishonest person after he failed to provide the proper evidence why he wanted to be granted a protection order against Mabuza.

Daniel had approached the court in February 2018 to apply for a temporary protection order against Mabuza, accusing him of using his position as then Mpumalanga Premier to harass and sabotage his Badplaas business. He also accused Mabuza of supporting land claimants to this tourist area and is currently in the Tshwane high court, suing Mabuza R1,2bn for profits lost while being harassed and sabotaged by Mabuza, including allegedly withholding permits for him to run the game reserve business.

Magistrate Sarel Grabe in August 2018 said Daniel was manufacturing the allegations against Mabuza and dismissed his application to have the temporary protection order made permanent.

Mulaudzi said the search for the “systematic truth” continues.

“The suspect has further made a confession before the magistrate. She is currently in custody,” he told News24.

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