Bogus healers allegedly defraud man of R370 000 in pension money

2016-04-25 17:00

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Rustenburg - Two Ugandan nationals, posing as traditional healers, stand accused of defrauding a man of R370 000 of his pension money.

The two allegedly tricked the man into withdrawing his money and putting it in a safe so they could perform a ritual to double his money.

Saadi Kalimunda, 44, and his sister Julie Malikenge, 24, were granted bail of R4 000 each in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The case against them was postponed to May 31 for further investigation. They face charges of fraud and possession of fraudulent documents.

Their alleged victim was a 42-year-old man from Meriting near Rustenburg. He consulted them in August last year, after he saw a pamphlet advertising their services as traditional healers.

They allegedly told him to resign from his job because his ancestors were going to double his pension money. He did so in December last year. After his pension money was paid, the two accompanied him to the bank to withdraw his money.

They waited outside in a car for him. Once he rejoined them, they showed him two identical safes. He was told to put his money in one of the safes. They locked it and drove him home. They gave him one of the safes and instructed him not to open it until they had returned to perform their last ritual.

After a few days without hearing anything from them, his family forced him to open the safe. It was empty.

During their arrest on April 22, the suspects were found in possession of fraudulent medical certificates and vehicle registration certificates.

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