How prophets promise to make you rich

2015-04-03 11:29

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Johannesburg - Forget about toiling at a job for years on end, scrimping and saving and investing for the long run. All it takes to become rich is depositing a small sum of money into a "prophet's" bank account and an hour's wait.

I approached Chief Mafumu, who advertises in the classifieds section of The Citizen, and told him I needed R100 000. He asked I wanted it to appear in my house or my bank account. I told him the bank account would be more convenient.

We needed to exchange bank details via SMS and then I needed to transfer R1 000 to him.

'Everybody gets their money'

"This is not for me, it's to cover your bank account so that the bank doesn't suspect anything," he told me.

And if it does not work?

"Everybody gets their money, don't worry."

Having the R100 000 appear in my house would be more complicated, Baba Mokgawa told me. I needed to SMS him my names, date of birth, address, and the names of two people in my family who had died.

His recipe for instant wealth was a R1 980 fee transferred into his bank account, and two teaspoons each of sugar, salt, and sand from my garden, mixed and put into a container which I had to put wherever in my house I wanted the money to appear. He suggested a cupboard or under the bed.

"Within 30 to 45 minutes I will send the money. One hour maximum."

"If it doesn't work, will I get money back?" I asked.

"Yes, definitely," came the reassuring reply.

'Magic wallet'

Baba Kasupe sounded annoyed when I called and asked him where his "office" was. I could not simply show up there and he insisted I make an appointment. I wanted to get rich, I told him.

He would double my salary for R1 800, and could even triple it, he offered. A "magic wallet" that would produce R5 000 a day would set me back R2 500.

"My thing is real, that's why it's expensive," he said.

I thought I had hit the jackpot when I called Dr Hassan Maluwa and asked him if he could help me win the lottery. He said I had to SMS him my name and date of birth, so he could "check the numbers". Fifteen minutes later he gave me a missed call. I called him back and he told me everything was in order.

No upfront payment was needed. I merely had to pay him 10 percent of my winnings. But there was a catch. He needed payment of R450, not for himself, but for the ancestors.

"When you go to the ancestors you need a sacrifice. You can't go empty-handed."

"I have never failed in my job," he told me.

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