South African arrested for stealing K0.5m in Malawi

Police in Malawi’s eastern district of Mangochi are keeping custody a 21 year-old South African for allegedly stealing K500,000 from a local hotel where he was working as assistant manager in the district.

The suspect, identified as Ruan De Klerk, was arrested by Mozambican police officers as he was trying to pass through that country fleeing Malawi to Tanzania, according to Mangochi Police spokesperson Rodrick Maida.

The suspect is also said to have admitted to have stolen the money which he wanted to use as transport to Tanzania where he wanted to seek greener pasture.

“De Klerk was employed as an assistant manager at one of the hotels in the district. On November 2, he left the office without coming back and his absence prompted the wife of the owner of the hotel to check in his office where she realised that money amounting to K500,000 was missing,” said Maida.

The suspect, who faces a 14 year-jail term if found guilty, was arrested in Luchinga on his way to Tanzania.

“He was repatriated to Malawi before being formally charged with theft by servant contrary to Section 286 (1) of the Penal Code,” added Maida.

De Klerk comes from Pretoria, South Africa.

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30 thoughts on “South African arrested for stealing K0.5m in Malawi”

  1. BEN says:

    MKHAULISENI AMENEYO Anthu Ozikweza Kwawo AMenewo Takwtira AZichemwli Awo Koma Dzina Lamakhwerekhwere Osatha

  2. Ndanena says:

    INDEED 14 YEAR JAIL TERM IS APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT AND HE MUST FIRST REMAND FOR SOMETIME BEEFORE TAKEN TO COURT.THESE SOUTH AFRICANS THINK THAT MALAWIANS ARE STUPID BY HOLDING CHANTHUNYA AND ALMOST KILLED MAKUNGWA RECENTLY. DEAL WITH HIM SEVERELY WHILST IN CUSTODY OR HE CAN CALL HIS STUPID MASIPA HERE TO REPRESENT HIM OR BOTH WILL HAVE TO BE LOCKED UP AT KANENGO CELL.

  3. Alfred says:

    Ndizoona ndichayani mukupanga atsogoleri akumpanje

  4. jekel khalani lwazi says:

    esh even south africans go out and work to the contries like ours malawi and having the heart to still from us no no.

  5. Davis Machiwi says:

    That one is a fool, me am here in his home country RSA and am not stealling and he went to my home country to stil, police have no mercy with him.

  6. kulemba says:

    why 14 yrs for mwk 500000

    1. Allan Kimu says:

      Chilungamo chikusowa padziko

  7. Mhango says:

    Kodi imeneyi ndi nkhani? Is it news worthy? Anthu akuba, ndikubeledwa zinthu zenizeni. Mukusowa zolemba eti?

  8. uyuni says:

    14 years coz of 500pin, 3years for K60m, 9 years coz of K120m, palibe chilungamo apa, ai Dziko liri m’manja mwa agalu. nanu a malawi anthu ambirimbiri ophunzira bwino akusowa ntchito inu mukalembe foreigner

  9. Mayani boys man k says:

    Please my fell malawians work up ! There is many educated pple here in malawi who can able to run your busness, but ooh! Get aleason.

  10. "NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    Where is his photo? 21 years old Assistant Manager? How did he work 4 the local hotel? Did he hv a workpermit? Was he underpaid? I smell a rat about the hotel. It must be investigated.

  11. Paul Banda says:

    Zoona mpaka mzungu working as an assistant manager at a hotel in Mangochi? What is wrong with us Malawians? Ana athu akusowa ntchito ndiye inu basi mphuno biiiii kulemba mzungu wa ku South Africa….

    Wake up and love your country. Give jobs to Malawians who are qualified…..

  12. congrats #mr De klerk for the big job u hv done.teach them to be clever

  13. contrarian says:

    A thief is a thief. Some Malawians have even murdered South African employers and stolen from them. In Malawi stealing seems to be more normal than not. Even state presidents, ministers, judges, police and army generals have not escaped the suspicions lists for theft of obscene amounts from their employer’s coffers – the public.

  14. Ken Ken says:

    Amalawi (abale anu) ambirimbiri ophunziranso bwino enaso kuposa wakubayu, kumasowa ntchito. Zija munthu umangowona ati tulukani nyumbayi ndinagula zimakhala ngati izi, mwinatu deed imangomusowa akanagulitsa malowo.

  15. omar khaliffa says:

    Akanakhala wakuda mukanaika phto

  16. Vavlov says:

    Its amazing, doesn’t Malawi have qualified people to work as assistant managers? Why get a South African, probably with no qualifications. The owner must have learnt a good lesson

  17. Next says:

    Next should be those Afrikanners working at Mwabvi and Majete game reserves!!!! Who sold those reserves to them ???

  18. MBANO NDI ZEPETE says:

    odii uko wachibwino adaba amalawi matama kudalibe amalawi oti akadatha kukhala wachwiri kwa manijala shupt.ndimzungudi?

  19. luckypat says:

    Kodi nawo aku joni amaba? Suja kwawo amati akunja ndiomwe amaba ndi kuba?

  20. wtl says:

    senzani of cash got three years after stole billions of kwachas now half metre you talk of 14yrs, thus inhuman

  21. Concerned Malawian. says:

    Go rot in jail… mabuno.. because u r white, a manager? Pa Nyasaland woyeeeeeeeeeeee1

  22. kanundu says:

    Zovetsa chinsoni ife a Malawi sitingathe kugwira ntchito imeneyi kwathu kuno. Kulibe ophunzira oti angathe udindo umeneu? Kodi anthu wambafe sitingathe kukamiza boma kuti lisinthe malamulo amenewa?

  23. FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO MALAWI TO WORK AS ASSISTANT MANAGER ??????????????

    WHY NOT MALAWIANS—————-THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT ——-OK

  24. kkkkkkkkkkkk says:

    nzungu kuba half millIon

  25. Malunda V.I. says:

    Thank the Mocambiquan Police for jpb well done, with our Police Officers that money was gone I’m appealing to the authoritty to intesify security in our boarders throughout Malawi to curb the malpractice of thefty between the two countries.

  26. louis says:

    arrest xenophobia stupid people and don’t let him say he should go save his jail term in south africa

  27. Matthew Admire says:

    Evance Fatsani’s sentence is a bit lenient, the culprit suffers from hallucination, how can he tell the honourable court that he wanted to feed his family, Mr Fatsani u cannot fill another pit by digging another pit.

    1. Misplaced says:

      Izinso nde ziti? Nkona timalephere mayo amalawi, misplaced answers and comments.

  28. Makito says:

    21 years: Assistant manager? Taking racism across the borders. They shouldnt waste our resources, police you have better things to do. They wanted a fellow Afrikana, they got him.

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