Two South Africans and a Cameroonian national have been arrested in connection with the theft of R36m from the estate of late Zimbabwean businessman and socialite Obert Karombe.

Nomaphelo Sethi, 28, her Cameroonian boyfriend Rody Martial Nzeya, 43, and Thabiso Matenda appeared at the Makhado magistrate’s court in Limpopo on Monday on charges of theft.

The trio was remanded in custody for a bail hearing set for 22 July.

The Hawks arrested Matenda who masterminded the theft, in June after he resigned when he was quizzed about the matter by his managers.

Matenda had allegedly connived with his accomplices to open a new bank account, linked it to Karombe’s account and started distributing all the money from the account.

Trouble started when the distributor of the money wanted it back and the couple allegedly wanted to keep a portion of it for themselves but disagreed on sharing the money.

Sethi owns two businesses in Johannesburg, including a clothing shop, while Nzeya is linked to a car dealership. The pair lived in Primrose in Ekurhuleni.