The 25-year-old was found guilty for the contravention of the National Credit Act.
A 25-year-old foreign national, Abdur Razzar Shakir was sentenced to a fine of R15 000 or 12-months imprisonment by the Upington Magistrate’s Court after he was found guilty for the contravention of the National Credit Act.
The Northern Cape Hawks spokesperson, Nomthandazo Mnisi said the conviction follows after the accused was found in possession of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards of residents from Upington.
“Shakir was arrested in May 2020 after the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team received information about the accused who was reportedly in possession of the Sassa grant cards, bank cards and identity documents of community members in the area. The accused unlawfully kept these cards to guarantee payments for illegally advanced loans and supply of goods from the tuckshop which is in contravention of the National Credit Act,” said Minisi.