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Hawks arrest ‘estate agent’ for allegedly selling RDP houses

An “estate agent” whose been on the run since last year has been arrested. Annica Van Staden, 46, is accused of selling RDP houses.

estate agent

Photo: SAPS

The Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team has re-arrested a “real estate agent” who has been on the run for months.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said the estate agent was found hiding in Boksburg where she was re-arrested on Monday, 26 April.


Police launched a manhunt to find Annica Van Staden, 46,  after she failed to appear in court last year.

“Van Staden who was initially arrested in Protea Glen, Soweto in August 2019, for fraud was released on bail. Her bail was postponed to 11 November 2020 but she evaded court,” said Sekgotodi.

Unfortunately for the estate agent, community members reported her hiding place.

“The Hawks swiftly acted on information from the community about her hiding place. The team proceeded to the address and found her with all her luggage packed and ready to flee,” said Sekgotodi.

She was re-arrested and will appear before the Middelburg Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 28 April. More arrests are imminent.


It is alleged that Van Staden sold Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses without the knowledge of the owners. She was also not registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board.

The buyers allegedly paid money into her business trust account, trading as “Housing First Eiendomme”. As soon as the money was received into the estate agent’s account, it was allegedly transferred to her accomplices.

“A further investigation linked her with other cases of fraud worth a total value of approximately R184 000. These cases are in Orange Farm, Nelspruit, Lydenburg and Piet Retief, where more than 36 potential witnesses laid complaints against her,” said Sekgotodi.

Provincial Head of the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Mokoena, applauded the team for their swift response to arrest the suspect before she could flee.

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