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By unknown | Apr 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

A woman masquerading as a widow of the son of the late Bafokeng Chief Lebone Molotlegi has allegedly defrauded unsuspecting businesspeople of thousands of rands.

She goes by the name of Fredah Tshiamo Molotlegi and pretends to be the wife of the late Leruo Molotlegi.

She preys on businessmen looking for investment opportunities.

The woman tells her victims that Royal Bafokeng Holdings is looking for investors.

She then solicits money before disappearing.

The woman has allegedly defrauded a Durban businessman of R250000, while a Johannesburg businesswoman was also fleeced of the same amount.

A Pretoria businessman, who did not want to be named, said he lost R45000 to the fraudster.

The businessman owns a metered taxi company and the woman regularly uses his company's services.

"It happened that on the day we met I was driving the cab myself," he said. "She asked me if I was interested in a transport contract with Royal Bafokeng Holdings' Impala platinum and chrome mines.

"She said she could arrange a contract for me and asked for R35000.

"I gave her the money but I smelt a rat when she demanded another R15000. She said she would arrange a contract for me for a multi-million rand hotel in Rustenburg."

The businessman said it was only when he made enquiries at Royal Bafokeng Holdings that he discovered he had been duped.

"She became aggressive when I demanded my money back."

Bafokeng's legal spokesman, Eric van den Berg, said a private investigator was probing the woman's activities. Her real name is Fredah Tshiamo Kekana.


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