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By unknown | Apr 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A young, beautiful woman who pretended to be Ramokone Moloto, the wife of Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto, defrauded a prominent provincial funeral undertaker of about R15000 on Good Friday.

The incident so shocked the chairman of the Limpopo First Lady Charity Trust Fund, Tom Boya, that he warned businesses to be on the alert.

The con artist claimed Moloto's wife, the founder of the trust fund that cares for children with poor backgrounds, would pay the money.

She allegedly called Nono Ngobeni, an administration officer at Maetiko Undertakers in Giyani, claiming to be Moloto's wife and said she wanted to buy four tombstones.

"I agreed to deal with her as she even promised to send a representative later that day," said the still-shocked Ngobeni.

She said a young lady later arrived, accompanied by a foreigner, saying she was Diana, Moloto's wife's younger sister.

They chose four expensive tombstones from a catalogue purportedly for Mrs Moloto's parents, a member of the family and a child.

"Each cost R40000 and the total was R160000," she said. "She promised that the First Lady's Trust Fund would transfer R185000 before the end of the day, saying R25000 would be used for catering for the dignitaries."

The woman then made a call, supposedly to Moloto's wife, and explained she had chosen the tombstones.

"The woman pretended as if Mrs Moloto had asked her to borrow R15000 from us and the money would be included in the Internet transfer repayment later, so we gave it to her," said Ngobeni.

Ngobeni later became suspicious and called the police with the help of Thabo Mohale.

But police could not arrest the culprit "as Maetiko could not allow the cops to keep the money as an exhibit until the case was finalised," he said.


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