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Row over R71000 transferred from dead man's bank savings

By Alex Matlala | Jun 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A LIMPOPO woman at the centre of a dispute over her "late boyfriend's" estate has more cash than was initially thought.

This emerged after bank statements showed that Bapakileng Jane Mohlala, of Mandela village in Namakgale, Phalaborwa, had allegedly transferred R71000 to her bank account a few weeks after the death of her "boyfriend" Piet Sebopela in April.

Sowetan is in possession of a bank statement from Absa Brokers, dated April 15 2009, indicating that the funds were transferred to BJ Mohlala's account.

Mohlala was accused of withdrawing R30000 from the deceased's bank account a few days after his death.

The money was withdrawn from the dead man's account at FNB in Phalaborwa.

A case of theft against Mohlala at the Phalaborwa police station was opened, but three months later no arrests had been made.

Mohlala, who claims to be the "wife" of the dead man, allegedly transferred the rest of the money without the knowledge of the dead man's lawful wife, Elisabeth Mohlale Sebopela, with whom he has eight children.

Speaking from Namakgale yesterday, the gravely ill Mohlala confessed to Sowetan to having withdrawn the money.

"I did not transfer the money to my account. It was Sebopela who gave the bank my name as a beneficiary of his estate," she said.

Sebopela's wife, Elisabeth, told Sowetan yesterday that her family was living in abject poverty there was no money in her husband's bank account.

She said she went to the bank to enquire about her husband's estate but "I was told that R71000 had been transferred into Mohlala's account".


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