‘Fong kong’ prophets bust

2016-03-18 06:00
The two alleged fake prophets after their arrest. Photo: khaya magenu

The two alleged fake prophets after their arrest. Photo: khaya magenu

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THEY pretended to be prophets with the power to heal bad luck. They tell you your name before you tell them. They profess to cure disease. They tell you to know your enemies­, how to get rich quickly and say they can help people to find jobs, but in reality they - these “fong kongs” - rob people of their money and disappear.
Anele Madikizela (20), was conned out of R550 by a so-called fong kong on Friday.

She said she met a “decent” man next to Kokstad Shoprite Centre, who told her his name was Yanga, telling her he is a servant of God and that they have church services at Spar.

“He invited me to the service and told me he doesn’t expect anything, but that I must take a white chicken and black and red candles to the church.”

She said while they were talking two guys appeared and he told them their names without them telling him. He also told Madikizela her full name even though she had not told him it.

But when she shook hands with him she said she “lost her mind” and things turned bad.

“After I shook hands with everyone, I don’t know what happened - I felt lost and all I could see were cars passing near me and I agreed with everything they said to me.
“I remember they asked me to go to the park next to the police station, which I did, and there they told me to remove my earrings, jewellery, wallet and bank card because they are Satan,” said Madikizela.

She said she was still confused and also gave them her bank card pin number. Then they told her to return to Spar and not look back.

“I went back to Spar, but in my confused state of mind, I became surrounded by people who told me I had been robbed,” said Madikizela.

The false prophet and his co-conspirators were caught at Pick n Pay as they were withdrawing R550, and were beaten by shoppers before they being arrested by the police.

This was not first incident of this nature, because many people have complained about the “fongs kongs” moving around Kokstad conning them out of huge amounts of money.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed the incident and said they had managed to arrest­ two suspects, who had appeared before court facing charges of theft by false pretence on Monday. Their case was remanded to 6 April.

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