Hugs, support for pyramid scheme owner

ON-LOOKERS were taken by surprise when "investors" hugged and showed support for Irvin Shirindzi, alleged owner of a pyramid scheme.

This was after Shirindzi was granted R3 000 bail by the Polokwane magistrate's court in Limpopo yesterday.

Shirindzi, 28, owner of TVI Express, and his wife, Glenda Shirindzi, 24, were arrested by the police on Thursday last week for allegedly running a money laundering scheme.

The wife, who was allegedly responsible for the company's financial affairs, was also granted R3 000 bail.

The third suspect, Eddie Phakula, 40, who is the couple's driver, had his case withdrawn pending further police investigations.

The case was postponed to June 14 on condition that the couple report to the Polokwane police station every Monday from April 18 between 6am and 6pm.

According to one of the "investors", who wished to remain anonymous, the joining fees of the scheme were between R2 700 and R21 000.

The "investor" said that it was not a pyramid scheme but a global Network Marketing Business that was operating all over the country.

"Nothing will stop us from going ahead and investing in TVI Express," she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said though the accused couple got bail police investigations were continuing.

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