‘Tsotsi’ Bishop nabbed amid fraud claims

 People who claim to be defrauded by the bishop protesting outside Bishop Lavis Magistrate Courts on Wednesday morning.
People who claim to be defrauded by the bishop protesting outside Bishop Lavis Magistrate Courts on Wednesday morning.

A group of disgruntled congregants sighed with relief as the leader of their church was sent back to Pollsmoor Prison to allow for further investigation into fraud charges laid against her.

The case will reconvene on January 25 at the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court.

Waving placards bearing the name of the accused, the members detailed how their church leader “fleeced them of hard earned cash”.

Hloni Tyali is one of those who claim that the accused bishop “conned” her out of R80, 000.

“I sold my house in Mfuleni and told her I was looking to buy another one. She immediately told me she that knew of a couple that were relocating overseas,” she alleged.

Tyali said she trusted the bishop and never doubted she would harm her.

“She wanted to be a middle man between me and the seller because she said they would sell it cheaper to her. I deposited the money into her account and after she said the seller asked for a three months period to move out in October, I saw no problem with that,” she added.

When that period lapsed Tyali went to the bishop and was allegedly told to wait for another week.

“Just before the week ended she phoned saying she had a family funeral in the Eastern Cape and that was the last time I heard from her,” Tyali said.

Tyali said she was shocked when she heard her bishop was arrested on November 24 on matters relating to fraud.

“I was in tears because I knew my money had gone,” she said.

The bishop was arrested for defrauding a couple she had promised to “rent them one of her flats in Plattekloof”.

“We met at Khayelitsha Maintennance office and she promised to help find a flat and we paid an upfront deposit of R8 000. When the time to occupy the flat came it was apparent we were duped and I opened a case against her,” Siphuxolo Ntisa said.

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