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By unknown | Nov 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

A man accused of running a gymnasium scam and swindling unsuspecting fitness enthusiasts of thousands of rands in Rustenburg, North West, has been arrested.

Zambian national and owner of Fitness Palace, Bruce Tondo, was arrested and charged with fraud after police received many complaints from fitness fanatics whom he has promised to build a gym since last year.

Rustenburg police spokesman Elsabe Augoustides said: "Tondo was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud after we had built up a case against him. We thank the people of Rustenburg who came forward to open cases against him."

The clients said they had paid for a three-year membership by credit card. The membership cost R4000 a person. Tondo had 139 paying clients in his books.

He had promised them a 2000 square metre gym, complete with state-of-the-art equipment on Nelson Mandela Drive in the town's centre.

Another client Sam Mmebe said Tondo had run a similar scam in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni.

"The gym was called Body Lab, but it was only an office," he said.


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