Son travels bumpy path to inheritance

Vuyisile Mdlalose thought he was cursed when his father's inheritance almost eluded him twice.

Mdlalose's uncle, Velisile Dlamini, said his late brother had determined that he and their mother should be the beneficiaries of his estate.

"Much as he loved me, I was really upset that he omitted his only child from his inheritance," Dlamini said.

"I felt it was proper to pass the inheritance on to him," Dlamini said.

He then asked the executors of the estate, Old Mutual, to pay the money into Vuyisile's account.

Dlamini said he helped Vuyisile to open an account at First National Bank (FNB) in July.

For Old Mutual to transfer funds into Vuyisile's account, FNB had to provide Old Mutual with a letter confirming the existence of the account.

"But the woman at FNB who helped us wrote down incorrect bank account numbers. The result was that Old Mutual deposited my nephew's money into the wrong account," Dlamini said.

The death benefit of R98000 was deposited into the wrong account on August 13.

Dlamini tried to trace it, but without success, he said.

When Dlamini approached the Consumer Line he was told the money had been deposited into Vuyisile's business account.

"This is sheer madness.

"Vuyisile has never had a business or any account until July this year," Dlamini said.

But after Consumer Line's intervention the matter has been resolved.

FNB has apologised to Vuyisile, who thanked Consumer Line after confirming his receipt of the payment.