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Scammers trick with fake house sales in Zwelethemba
Matsidiso Jobo at her house in Mroxisa Street whic


It appears that scammers are trying to trick Worcester residents out of large sums of money with fake “house sales”.

The apparent scam came to light when a woman came to 78-year-old Zwelethemba resident Matsidiso Jobo’s house and told her that she was being evicted and was already supposed to have been out by 1 October.

Jobo had been living in the municipal house in Mroxisa Street, Phase 2, for the past six years. She shares the house with her three grandchildren, aged 13, 12 and 6.

The woman, who introduced herself to Jobo as Funeka Mdlana, initially approached Jobo on 8 October and asked her if she would rent out her house.

When Jobo refused to agree on a rental arrangement, to Jobo’s surprise and shock, Mdlana returned the next day with the news that she should have been out of the house at the beginning of the month already.

In the meantime in late September another resident, Sisanda Maxam, saw an advertisement put up at the local Shoprite for a house for sale. “I called the number on the pamphlet and the lady introduced herself to me as Manyawuza,” says Maxam.

The lady told Maxam that she would only be able to see the house once she had made a payment. “I made an electronic transfer. After that, she told me that the people renting the house currently will move out by 30 September.” It later became clear that she was referring to Jobo.

That was the last time Maxam would be able to reach Manyawuza. “When I could not get a hold of her anymore, I realised that I had been scammed,” she says. Putting two and two together, the parties later realised that Mdlana and Manyawuza had to be one and the same person.

“She was in great despair, because she was being harassed by this Mdlana lady,” says Zoliswa Skenjana, Jobo’s neighbour who reported the incident to Standard.

Standard called “Funeka Mdlana” multiple times for comment, but her phone was on voicemail.

Johan Botha, spokesperson of the Breede Valley Municipality, says they are unaware of any underhand selling of houses.

Captain Lindikhaya Mkhontwana, Worcester police spokesperson, says that a case has not been opened.

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