Police refuse to take in Langa scamster

2015-04-30 13:41

A group of residents who accuse a Queenstown woman of defrauding them say they want justice and their monies back. 

Mandla Mahashe

A group of residents who accuse a Queenstown woman of defrauding them say they want justice and their monies back. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A group of residents from Langa and surrounding areas are seeing red after “wonderful”investment scheme turned out to be dud.

The group, which claims to have about 190 members, is accusing a local women of running a pyramid scheme.

They say that the woman asked them to deposit about R2000 with the promise of returns of up to R30 000.

According to them, the woman arrived from the Eastern Cape in 2014 to make a presentation on this “wonderful investment opportunity” .

Sinethemba was the name of the investment arm

Nomsa Kenana said: “She told us that the money was guaranteed and that we would need to have paid up by the 5 December with the deposits into our bank accounts made on the 15 of the same month.

“It was wonderful and we were all keen and she even made the deal sweeter by telling us that we don’t need to pay the full amount. We could invest R180 every month,” she said. She said that the woman also sweetened the deal by offering up to R10 000 to assist members with family funerals, weddings and initiation ceremonies.

By June they were told by this lady that each member should have deposited at least R1080 by the first of June and many did, she said.

“In December people rushed to finish the payments and many of us did. We were excited on the 15th and we waited patiently but the money was never deposited.

We called her and she said that it will be sorted and we have been waiting for the money ever since,” she said.

The group opened a case of fraud against the woman in March when they found out that she was in Khayelitsha presenting to other groups.

“We went there with police and she was taken in for questioning but she continued to make promises. We are sick and tired of her promises,” she said. She said that the members recruited family members and friends to this scheme and as a result there were now tensions as people are calling them thieves.

When City Vision contacted the woman she said she told the members to be patient as there was a misunderstanding.

“In the beginning I explained to them that the money would be invested in MultiMix line marketing scheme. We need to fill 6 boards there and so far we have four and the only way we can do that is if people recruited more people,” said the woman.

She said that she was planning on sourcing funding from “overseas people” to fill in the rest of the boards.

“I am working on that so that they get all their money and I hope I can double it for those that want to leave the project,” she said.

Langa police spokesperson Warrant Officer Odwa Makupula said that they were investigating the matter.

“The suspect has not been arrested as the investigating officer needs more evidence from the complainants and this has been hard to come by as there are a few members that have come forward,” said Makupula

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