LETTERS: State must save our souls from loan-sharks

2016-04-07 06:00

This is for all of you who find yourselves being an victims of ‘oomashonisa’.

As black society we always have financial problems no matter how much we earn, sometimes we end up turning for cash loans, from “dream demons” or oomashonisa.

You must be asking yourselves how do I know what I am talking about.

I am talking about those people in our society who give you R100 then you pay a whopping 50% or 30 % interest.

To be frank, I was once a victim of these people because of my financial problems.

My problem with this is the way mashonisa’s behave, they want you to listen to them, but they don’t give you straight answers, they are aggressive, they bully, they are rude and full of threats.

Some keep our Sassa cards, bank cards or IDs.

They even manipulate their own system when it comes to the interests they charge. I’ve seen their rudeness to vulnerable people. What compels them to do all of these things to their clients?.

Their businesses are not even registered, and as a result, they don’t even pay taxes, albeit sitting with huge interest.

Most of this mashonisas are sadistic, once the beast comes out of them, they become so demonic the even make you pay money that you not compelled to pay.

Violence has always been a subject close to Mashonisa’s.

In law you must be registered to own this kind of business and you must pay taxes.

Most of these Mashonisas abuse people verbally, emotionally and physically, but they get away with it because most of the people they dealing with are not educated about their rights.

But I think it’s time for the law to act on this matter because people are faced with abuses daily by these Mashonisas.

Its seems a lost battle as ordinary citizens have to confront a Goliath we cannot win.

We just can’t fight back.

Mashonisas manipulate the system and people are scared to come out and talk about the abuse they are subjected to by these people.

Most of these loan-sharks don’t even value their clients, so I am pleading with the law to have a look at this matter.

Just because you are lending people money that does not give anyone a right to treat others like animals.

If a person cannot pay, the law must take its course, but before you do that, you need to be a registered entity, who pays tax. There is no justice for victims of Mashonisas.

It has become common cause to see elderly citizens in tears because of the abuse meted out by these loan-sharks. The state must help us.

Mpho Makwetu Mandalay

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