lawyer to be probed over r500000

THE Law Society of the Northern Provinces has agreed to investigate allegations of unprofessional conduct levelled at a Johannesburg attorney who has neglected to refund her client his R500000 .

THE Law Society of the Northern Provinces has agreed to investigate allegations of unprofessional conduct levelled at a Johannesburg attorney who has neglected to refund her client his R500000 .

Two weeks ago Consumer Linereported about an attorney who withdrew her services to transfer an abandoned property after accusing the seller of "hijacking and selling" it to an unsuspecting buyer.

Conveyancer Malwande Dumeko was also accused of unlawfully withholding her client's R526000 after failing to transfer the "hijacked" house Friday Ukhurebor intended to buy.

Dumeko, who dismissed Ukhurebor's accusation as hogwash, promised to refund the buyer his money, but two weeks later she has not refunded Ukhurebor.

The frustrated Ukhurebor has now lodged a complaint with the Law Society and investigations are under way.

Ukhurebor has been trying to buy a house since 2007 but has not been lucky.

Not that he was in breach of contract but the seller's conveyancers have been unable to transfer various properties to his name.

In both instances he had to ask Consumer Line to help him recover his money from the attorneys.

Ukhurebor had bought a house through Remax One in October last year, but the property could not be registered in his name.

He said that since then he had been struggling to get his refund from the attorney.

The father of six bought a house from Uche Ugwu for R500000. He also paid the R26000 transferring fees.

These fees were paid by January this year.

Ukhurebor said Dumeko sent clearance information in July from the City of Johannesburg for R335332, which he had to pay before the property could be transferred.

He went to the municipality's clearance department, where he was issued with a clearance certificate for R10125. He handed it over to the attorney to continue with registration.

But Dumeko did not proceed with the transfer until last month when she called the buyer, the estate agent and the seller to a meeting.

Ukhurebor said Dumeko caught them by surprise when she withdrew her services. The agent confirmed the allegations.

An e-mail in possession of Sowetan shows that the agent has been contacting the attorney in a bid to get Ukhurebor's money after the deal was cancelled.

Dumeko told Consumer Line that she withdrew her services because Ugwu and Ukhurebor were involved in an illegal transaction.

"The two are among Nigerians who hijack and sell properties that do not belong to them," said Dumeko, adding that she was compiling a report for the National Intelligence Agency so that they can be investigated.

The matter is also apparently being probed by the commercial crimes unit.

The buyer and the seller denied they were in the business of buying and selling hijacked property.

The commercial crime unit told Consumer Line they had no records or a case opened against Ukhurebor or Ugwu.

Detective Tumi Tlali could only pick a case of malicious damage to property Ukhurebor had reported two years ago. Dumeko has ignored to return our telephone messages and written correspondence. She also ignored a letter of demand sent to her by attorneys acting on Ukhurebor's behalf.

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