A trip of a lifetime to Zanzibar turned horribly wrong for a Johannesburg woman and her friends.
Sheila Maluleka was all set for her first overseas trip – money paid, bags packed and leave approved. Next stop Zanzibar.
The trip was meant to help celebrate her 40th birthday in style this month, along with 3 friends and partners.
The group made their booking through Cape Town based travel agency, Breakaway Travel.
One of Maluleka’s friends, Duduzile Madubanga, confirmed they had made bookings for 3 nights and used the agency as it had organised 2 trips for her previously.
Pertunia Mushwana revealed that she first sensed an issue when she checked details of her trip online.
Mango Airlines confirmed the ticket was initially booked but subsequently cancelled as a result of non-payment.
The travel agency is owned by Crescenda "Chris" Meyer and she’s yet to provide the women with concrete answers or a refund.
According to Maluleka, Meyer requested upfront payment to the value of R150 000.
TimesLive reported that Meyer sent an email stating that she’ll be refunding the money plus interest.
According to her, the delay in refund is as a result of a corporate client not fulfilling his obligations.
Briefly.co.za understands that SAPS representative, Captain Agnes Huma, confirmed a case has been made against Meyer and an investigation is looming.
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