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A smooth operator accused of selling land belonging to the Johannesburg Council is behind bars.
The long arm of the law caught up with Sifiso Graham Masondo on Friday in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Masondo is accused of pocketing millions of rand from 300 desperate home-seekers.
Masondo appeared in the Johannesburg Special Commercial Crimes Court yesterday charged with fraud. He will be back in court tomorrow to apply for bail.
The commercial crimes unit has urged anyone who may have been defrauded by Masondo to contact them at their offices in Eloff Street.
Sowetan readers have accused Masondo and his business partner Thabo Mokoena, of Siyakha Home Builders in Senaoane, of swindling them out of about R22,5million.
The duo allegedly sold stands for R75000 each between 2007 and April this year.
Some of the victims included Steven Sekoathe and his wife, and Johanna Mbatha.
Sekoathe said he paid a deposit of R500 to Mokoena to secure a stand, and the balance was paid into Masondo's account. But he never received the land.
Mbatha says Mokoena had tricked her into buying a stand in Dobsonville in March, but was never given the title deed to the land .
Mokoena admitted to Sowetan that he had sold land, but said his office had thousands of files of people who had bought land from them.