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Tue May 31 02:14:35 SAST 2016

Sundowns star conned of nearly R500,000 in bogus franchise deal

Times LIVE | 15 March, 2016 10:53
Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho Kekana.
Image by: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns star midfielder Hlompho Kekana was scammed of nearly half a million rands by an unnamed Pretoria woman who promised to partner the player in a bogus McDonald’s franchise deal.

The Zebediela-born and Bafana Bafana player told police he deposited R425,000 into the woman’s business account hoping to partner with her in the deal.

Soon after the money was deposited, the con woman disappeared without trace and ignored Kekana whenever he tried to make contact with her, Sunday World reported.

According to the report, Kekana agreed with the woman to finance a huge chunk of the franchise, which was going to operate in Pretoria.

After years without any communication with the woman, the Sundowns star opened a case of theft with Sinoville police, who confirmed to the Sunday tabloid that investigations are underway.

When the newspaper contacted him for comment, Kekana hung up and did not respond to questions sent to him via SMS.

  - this article was first published on page 8 of Sunday World

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