housing rip-off

A Moroka Swallows shareholder, Charles Makhubo, is on the run after he allegedly fleeced unsuspecting homebuyers of thousands of rands.

A Moroka Swallows shareholder, Charles Makhubo, is on the run after he allegedly fleeced unsuspecting homebuyers of thousands of rands.

No one knows where he is.

He disappeared with 59-year-old Patricia Madlala's hard-earned R78000 she had paid him for a house she wanted to buy.

Madlala, a divorcee and mother of three, had to find a home for the four of them after her divorce.

She could not take occupation of the first house she had bought because the occupant refused to move out.

She eventually sold that house for R83000 and started looking for another property.

She stayed with a friend, whose daughter worked as a clerk at Makhubo's MC Properties in Mofolo, Soweto.

Madlala said the friend's daughter introduced her to Makhubo, who agreed to sell her an unidentified house leased to one of his tenants.

She paid R1200 for a deed of sale document and two days later Makhubo invited Madlala to his office to pay a further R15300 for the house and administration fee. She paid this amount and received proof of payment.

Four days later Makhubo demanded a further R5350, which she paid but was not given a receipt for.

Within 15 days Madlala had paid R78000 in eight instalments towards her house.

When she demanded receipts as proof of payment Makhubo gave her a handwritten note acknowledging that he had received the further amount.

"I then requested him to call in a witness or write this in the form of an affidavit but he refused, saying I must trust him."

To prove his "trustworthiness", Makhubo issued her with a cheque for R45000, which was dishonoured by the bank when Madlala tried to cash it.

Madlala spent a black Christmas without a house and an empty bank account.

"I have since learnt that there are seven more homebuyers who are also trying to recover their money from Makhubo," said Madlala.

His offices are closed and he disappeared without paying his employees, claimed Madlala.

Consumer Line could not get hold of Makhubo.

Sipho Xulu of Moroka Swallows admitted that Makhubo was a shareholder in the club but said he did not know his whereabouts.

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