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Thu Sep 29 20:43:31 SAST 2016

Cape family give R240‚000 to sangoma who promised to double it

TMG Digital | 26 February, 2016 16:40
Traditional healer. File photo.
Image by: Gallo Images

A 26-year-old sangoma from Uganda has been arrested by Cape Town police after he conned a family of more than R240‚000‚ promising them he would double their money.

The SAPS' Nasiphi Same said the suspect‚ who practises in Site C‚ convinced the family to sell their house.

"The last transaction of R40‚000 was handed over to the suspect on 22 February 2016. When the family called the suspect the following day‚ they were told the suspect died in a car accident.

"The family approached the police for assistance and found the suspect sitting in his vehicle in Browns Farm and when he saw the family with the police he tried to flee but was arrested in New Crossroads.

"When questioned about his residence the suspect took the police to different addresses but he ultimately took them to Delft where he stays and more than R70‚000 was recovered hidden in the house."

The suspect appeared in court on Friday facing charges of fraud.

The SAPS urged people to be more vigilant and not to fall for scams.

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