She claims to have twice given birth to three children in a year
A 52-year-old grandmother suspected of being the ringleader in an Omang scam has been charged with fraud and faces a hefty prison sentence.
Thembeni Ntuka of Francistown was recently thrown into the cells for fraudulently assisting at least 14 people, whom she claimed were all her children, to obtain the much-prized national identity cards.
Confirming the incident Francistown Central Police Superintendent Magalela said that they had unravelled the matter through joint efforts with the Omang office.
He said: “We are charging the culprit for giving false information to a person employed in the public service. What is surprising is that this grandmother alleges that all the 14 individuals are her children, even though their birth records indicate differences of only a day or a few months between their births.”
According to birth declaration forms she submitted and swore to contain truthful information, she twice gave birth to three babies in one year. In 1980 she claimed her first child was born on 21 January, the second on 3 February and the third on 11 August.
Further information about the eyebrow raising case revealed that her 14 children were born within 10 years and their fathers were all unknown.
Superintendent Magalela went on to say: “Most of the children were shown to have been born in one cattle post known as Pobe Pobe somewhere outside Matsiloje. We are now after the children, in order to establish how authentic their relationship with this woman is. However we suspect foul play in this case as some of them are obviously not her children.”
Police suspect the grandmother may have been receiving payment in exchange for illegally declaring the beneficiaries of the Omang cards as her offspring.
“We will also have to question the headman or kgosi who signed the birth declaration forms to establish if there was any collusion with the suspect,” the Superintendent added.
Each count for a criminal offence of such nature attracts imprisonment not exceeding three years should the suspect be found guilty.