'The tourists never came'

VICTORIA Banzi is crying foul after she spent her savings to make her house "shine to attract tourists for the World Cup".

Banzi, of Cosmo City, north of Johannesburg, spent more than R20000, which included insurance compensation she received after being involved in an accident in December last year.

She is one of the home owners recruited by CWS Big Five Promotions to provide accommodation to tourists.

"I spent so much money because there was an expectation created. WCS Big Five Promotions failed to deliver on their promises.

"Tourists never arrived and we were not told why. When I called their offices, there was no answer," she told Sowetan yesterday.

"We were promised we would get half of the amount we would make 14 days before the start of the tournament," Banzi said.

She said she was in arrears on her son's university fees.