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A woman who al­legedly posed as Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza’s niece and mired his name in an as­sas­si­na­tion plot is a dis­graced for­mer school clerk.

Nom­fundo Sambo (31) was im­pli­cated in al­leged fraud in 2009 while work­ing at Mpun­zana Pri­mary School in Sha­bal­ala Trust near Hazyview. She was 23 at the time.

De­tails about the kind of fraud she was in­volved in at the school are sketchy.

But the Mpumalanga ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment con­firmed that Sambo was its em­ployee. It said she was in­volved in “some shenani­gans and then ab­sconded from work to avoid dis­ci­plinary ac­tion”.

“[Sambo] was ap­pointed as ad­min clerk at Mpun­zana Pri­mary School and she was dis­charged on the Septem­ber 30 2009 for ab­scond­ment,” said de­part­men­tal spokesper­son Jasper Zwane.

He said he was strug­gling to find the de­tails about Sambo’s mis­be­haviour be­cause the in­ci­dent hap­pened a long time ago.

On Novem­ber 8 at DA of­fices in Nelspruit, Sambo al­legedly mas­quer­aded as Mabuza’s niece and as­sis­tant at his Jo­han­nes­burg home and claimed her name was Than­deka Mabuza.

She de­posed an af­fi­davit at Son­park Post Of­fice al­leg­ing that the deputy pres­i­dent was con­spir­ing to as­sas­si­nate na­ture con­ser­va­tion­ist Fred Daniel, with whom he has had an on­go­ing le­gal feud.

Sambo’s mo­tive and in­ten­tion for im­pli­cat­ing Mabuza in the as­sas­si­na­tion plot are still un­known. The Hawks have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter but de­scribed the case as “very sen­si­tive”.

Sambo was al­legedly brazen and con­fi­dent when she went about mud­dy­ing Mabuza’s name and those of Ian Nyalunga and Mandla Nkosi. She re­ferred to them as “gang­sters” and al­leged they were go­ing to carry out the hit on Daniel.

A day be­fore writ­ing the af­fi­davit un­der her pseu­do­nym, Sambo first went to the DA’s of­fices in the Mpumalanga gov­ern­ment com­plex, which has sur­veil­lance cam­eras and where visitors have to pro­duce their iden­tity doc­u­ments to be al­lowed en­try.

She was, how­ever, caught out by the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the car she was driv­ing which ex­posed her true iden­tity.

A DA of­fi­cial, who was present dur­ing Sambo’s visit, said she was “hys­ter­i­cal” and pre­sented a façade of be­ing vul­ner­a­ble and scared when she vis­ited the of­fices.

Sambo lay low im­me­di­ately af­ter writ­ing her sworn state­ment and switched off her phone.

This week the phone rang. A man even­tu­ally an­swered it and said Sambo had gone out and he would tell her to re­turn the call. She, how­ever, did not re­turn nu­mer­ous calls from City Press.

Nyalunga, who last month claimed that he knew Than­deka Mabuza, said he had made a mis­take and thought that he was be­ing asked about an­other Than­deka he knew.

Nyalunga was, how­ever, re­luc­tant to ex­plain why Sambo would drag his name into the mud and said the mat­ter was in his lawyer’s hands.

“My heart is sore. I had never been in such a sit­u­a­tion be­fore. Each and ev­ery mall I go to peo­ple take pho­tos of me and say this is Ian, a killer,” he said.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­vealed that Sambo al­legedly had used Than­deka’s name be­fore to open a store ac­count.

Than­deka was born on Oc­to­ber 24 1986 and her res­i­den­tial ad­dress is in Mahushu near Hazyview.

Sambo was born on Oc­to­ber 19 1987 and is from the same res­i­den­tial ad­dress.

Sambo also has a Kag­iso, Krugersdorp, res­i­den­tial ad­dress. On her face­book pro­file she has listed Ma­soyi po­lice sta­tion’s tele­phone num­ber as her al­ter­na­tive con­tact num­ber.

Daniel opened a case of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der against Mabuza, Nyalunga and Nkosi at Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion on Novem­ber 11.

He said in his af­fi­davit that Sambo in­tended to dis­credit his name.

“Un­be­known to my ad­vis­ers and me, the con­spir­acy to kill me was ac­tu­ally a con­spir­acy to dis­credit me as a whis­tle-blower by hav­ing me ar­rested and charged with trea­son for fab­ri­cat­ing ev­i­dence that the deputy pres­i­dent has put me on on his much-feared hit list and in­tended to have me killed,” Daniel said.

“Un­for­tu­nately for the con­spir­a­tors, the con­spir­acy un­rav­elled when Than­deka’s real iden­tity as Sambo be­came known,” he said.

Mabuza’s spokesper­son, Thami Ng­wenya, said: “We are now re­quest­ing that the po­lice be al­lowed to do their work un­hin­dered and bring those be­hind this sin­is­ter agenda to book. Any other the­o­ries that may be ped­dled [are] not for the deputy pres­i­dent to en­gage on.”

Daniel ob­tained an in­terim pro­tec­tion or­der against Mabuza early this year af­ter claim­ing that he [Mabuza] had a hand in in­flu­enc­ing gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to sab­o­tage his eco­tourism busi­ness by with­hold­ing li­cences to keep an­i­mals.

The in­terim or­der was dis­missed in the Car­olina Mag­is­trates’ Court, but Daniel is ap­peal­ing.

My heart is sore. I had never been in such a sit­u­a­tion be­fore. Each and ev­ery mall I go to peo­ple take pho­tos of me and say this is Ian, a killer

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