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2010-09-04 00:00

A DURBAN businessman is due to go on trial for fraud after 20 of his customers alleged that he had been defrauding them.

Siyabonga Xulu (32), the group executive chairperson of ­Gxabhashe Group of Companies (Pty) Ltd in Durban, allegedly sold cars to more than 20 people who did not get their cars, despite paying the required deposit.

Xulu is also the director of Gxabhashe Fleet Management, one of the subsidiary companies of Gxabhashe Group of Companies (Pty) Ltd.

Bongani Dlamini (28) told Weekend Witness that he was one of Xulu’s many victims.

Dlamini said that in April last year he paid a deposit of R23 000 to Xulu’s business account after the dealer had told him he would sell him a VW Polo 1.9 TDI.

“It’s been a year now, the car has not been delivered and there is no sign of my money.

“When I call Xulu he does not answer his phone and his office also does not give clear directions about what is happening,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini said he opened a case of fraud at the Westville police station in Durban after attempts to get his car or money from Xulu failed.

He said his deal with Xulu was that after he had deposited the money he would wait for a week then get the car, but now more than a year later still no car has been delivered to him.

The father of three said he has since bought himself a Corsa bakkie from General Motors.

Dlamini claimed that from his personal knowledge Xulu had defrauded about 20 people in similar manner and that the fraud case involves about R700 000.

He said other people have deposited up to R80 000, depending on the type of cars they wanted.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed yesterday that 20 cases of fraud and theft have been opened against Xulu.

Xulu will appear for trial at the Pinetown Regional Court on September 17.

Zwane said Xulu lured his clients by advertising in newspapers that he could assist blacklisted people to buy cars.

He said he would tell people to wait for seven days before they could get their cars, but would give them excuses when they enquired.

Zwane said the alleged scams took place between April and September 2009.

Xulu is out on R5 000 bail.

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