Man in court after teacher loses R1-million in alleged scam

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A UGANDAN national, 34, who allegedly defrauded a former Komani teacher of over more than a R1-million rand in pension money by promising to “grow it”, appeared before the East London Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.
Hawks provincial spokesman captain Anelisa Feni said Setimba Kyebakolo, 34, was arrested in Butterworth last Tuesday after the commercial crime unit of the Hawks received a tip-off on his whereabouts.
She said over more than R1.1-million was allegedly defrauded from the teacher.
“In 2014, Kyebakolo, who was allegedly known as “Prince” to his victim, apparently convinced a then 48-year-old teacher from Komani to resign from her teaching post with the promise of “cleansing” her money in order for it to multiply. After the woman handed over the money to him, he allegedly disappeared with it,” Feni said.
She said the commercial crime wing of the Hawks had, since April this year, embarked on a campaign to warn the public about the scam which has seen civil servants conned by people purporting to be traditional healers or sangomas.
In a separate incident earlier this year, The Rep reported (“’Doctor’ in court for theft,” February 19) that Dora Tussume, 36, of Ghana, popularly known as Dr Mama Rita, was arrested in Mthatha after she allegedly conned a retired man into parting with over more than R160000 with the promise that it would double.
She allegedly also promised to marry the man but disappeared once the money was handed to her.
Tussume appeared before the Komani Magistrate’s Court soon after that and was granted bail after police verified her residential address, police spokesman captain Namhla Mdleleni said.
at the time. But Tussume skipped bail and has not been re-arrested.

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