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pop star duped in housing scam

By Nawhal Kara | Aug 04, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MAFIKIZOLO frontman Theo Kgosinkwe and another Soweto family have accused Buhle Gobile of selling the title deeds to homes that do not belong to him.

Gobile has allegedly sold a house that an elderly couple claim to own and have occupied for years.

Kgosinkwe bought a house in Emndeni South, Soweto, for R120 000 after seeing it advertised for sale.

"I met the estate agency acting on behalf of Gobile. They said Gobile was the son of the couple occupying the house and that he was selling the house on his parents' behalf because they were moving to Rustenburg to live with their (other) children."

Kgosinkwe signed the deal and the title deed was transferred from Gobile's name to his.

"I went to the house to check if the necessary maintenance had been carried out.

"Two ladies told me that the house had been wrongfully sold to me and that other people had also come to inspect the property."

He says the title deed is still in his name, but that he would not put the elderly couple, Elizabeth Senyalelo, 74, and Jack Mashongu, 88, out of their home.

Kgosinkwe is suing Gobile for the price of the property plus legal costs because he says he was sold a house that was occupied despite assurances to the contrary.

Sipho Nxumalo says he bought a house in Emndeni South in 1995 from an elderly woman, but found the title deed to his house had been transferred in 2007. However, he was unable to provide any proof.

"Gobile has a contact in the Johannesburg deeds office as well as in the Naledi police station who assist him in obtaining these title deeds illegally," Nxumalo claimed.

Gobile denies any wrongdoing.

"The house that Theo Kgosinkwe bought never belonged to the old lady who lives there or her husband. She was a tenant lodging with the previous owners, who are now dead.

"I bought this house lawfully from the late owners two years ago and now I am being intimidated by the Emndeni community," Gobile says.

Ikhayalethu Properties and Projects was the estate agency that acted on Gobile's behalf.

A spokesperson says the agency had sold other properties for Gobile without any problems.

Ikhayalethu, however, is not a registered agency with the Estate Agency Affairs Board as required by law.

But the company's spokesperson says it has registered as a candidate estate agency under another name.


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