Nedzanani Vhugala Thivhilaeli [19] appeared in the Vuwani Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 29 June facing charges of Money laundering.

The Hawks received information about suspected illegal activities at a certain house in Vuwani, Makhado. After conducting a preliminary investigation, a search warrant was applied.

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The search and seizure operation led by Thohoyandou-based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by Serious Corruption Crime Investigation, Tactical Response Team (TRT), Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC) and Vuwani Crime Prevention members was conducted on 27 June 2023.

Teen charged for money laundering in Vuwani
Plastic Bag full of Money


When the team arrived at the identified house, they found the suspect. The search warrant was presented and the team started searching the house. The team recovered three plastics containing cash amounting to over R1,6 million. The suspect was immediately arrested and the recovered money was seized by the Hawks.

The case against Thivhilaeli was postponed to 07 July 2023 for bail application while the police investigation continues.