An international media search for an elderly Danish woman, reportedly sought for theft of more than R200 million from a ministry in her country, has extended to Limpopo around the same time as an Interpol red notice was issued in her name.
On Friday Polokwane Observer was approached with the request for collaborating on an investigation steered from a newsroom in Denmark, as the media in that country has set their sights on South Africa where the suspect was reportedly supposed to have been hiding out. Photographs identifying the suspect were mailed through along with information contained in translated stories originally published in Danish.
It is alleged that the woman had worked as a civil servant in the ministry of welfare in her country for more than 40 years and had stolen an amount equivalent to an estimated R250 million over 16 years. International media houses had turned their attention to the Phalaborwa area, where she was believed to allegedly own two properties that reportedly posed perfect opportunities to hide.
On Tuesday National Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo informed Polokwane Observer that he didn’t know when the red notice in the name of the 64-year-old woman had been placed through Interpol, but that they had been engaged on the matter last Thursday.
According to him it followed a directive from authorities in Denmark via Interpol in France. Due processes were being followed in the matter that was at a very early stage, it was added.
The Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria said they couldn’t provide further information other than what has been published in the media.
Story: YOLANDE NEL