She had said that she was the deputy president’s niece and lived with him at his Johannesburg house.
The 32-year-old woman who claimed deputy president DD Mabuza was planning to assassinate Badplaas businessman Fred Daniel has pleaded guilty to charges, Daily Sun has reported.
Nomfundo Sambo appeared at the Mpumalanga High Court Tuesday 4 August 2020 to answer for fraud, forgery and defeating the ends of justice.
She was arrested last year 13 March in Mbombela after she claimed that she was Mabuza’s niece residing with him in his Johannesburg house and she had gotten information that Mabuza was planning to assassinate Daniel, his arch-enemy.
Sambo will return to court on 19 August 2020 when the department of social development is expected to testify on her state of mind.
Sambo 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, and Daniel was on a hit-list that was supposedly written in a diary.
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.
Sambo had gone to a DA provincial office in Mbombela after ‘finding’ the ‘diary’ in Mabuza’s study and told officials of the opposition party about it.
The Hawks said an “identification parade” was held on 14 March 2019 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.
Not new to controversy
In 2010, Sambo opened an account at a furniture store using a fake ID document. She was arrested but later the case was withdrawn.
Last year she was arrested again after she opened a false robbery case at Lowscreek police station.
She told the cops she was robbed of her company laptop and money.
But later the cops found that Sambo had used a false name when opening the case and had fabricated the complaint.
(edited by MLM)
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