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By unknown | Mar 06, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

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Gauteng police' commercial crimes unit is looking for pensioners who were left stranded by the organisers of a trip to Cape Town.

Police spokesman Captain Bheki Mavundla said yesterday that the investigators want the pensioners to help them compile a case to present before the commercial crimes court.

In October 2007 the Sowetan published a story in which 200 senior citizens from Johannesburg were left high and dry at Cape Town train station by organisers of the trip, Senior Citizens Advisory Bureau (Scab).

The Johannesburg-based non-governmental organisation claimed to look after the interests of the elderly by organising activities and holidays for them.

The pensioners had each paid R1200 for the subsidised trip. The city's emergency services were eventually called in and provided the oldies with food and temporary shelter.

It emerged later that the same thing happened in 2006 when they were left at Johannesburg's Park Station by the organisers.

Patrick Ramano, chief executive of Scab, was arrested at the luxury Cape Town Waterfront a day after the pensioners left Johannesburg.

The pensioners came from different places, including Soweto, Randfontein and Kimberley.

The pensioners can contact the investigating officer, Inspector Terry Maphoroma, at 0827241367 or visit his office at the commercial crimes court at 64 Eloff Street in Johannesburg.


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