The Hawks claim they have swooped on crooks who skim and clone credit cards, says a Cape Times report. The Hawks added sophisticated card fraud syndicates and scammers have been dealt a blow following convictions led by its ATM Task Force and Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit.

The SA Banking Risk Information Centre, and the National Consumer Commission have welcomed the busts of Lukhanyo Bokolo (33) and Celesani Cele (31).

Bokolo was sentenced to an effective three years behind bars, while Cele was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said: ‘We welcome such sentences as we ensure that those who are involved in any kind of crime get the sentences that fit the crimes they have committed. We have dedicated prosecutors who specialise in commercial crimes at our Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. Such sentences are fruits of hard work between our prosecutors and other partners within the criminal justice system.

Full Cape Times report