- A sangoma has scammed an unsuspecting couple out of a small fortune by convincing them their house was possessed
- The pair lost a staggering R550 000 to the healer who vanished with the money after pushing them to sell their house
- Police have warned citizens to be wary of bogus inyangas and sangomas to avoid becoming victims to similar scams
A couple from Ebony Park near Midrand have been left homeless and penniless after falling for a sangoma's tricks.
The Citizen reports that the healer had convinced the pair that a tokoloshe lived in their home, urging them to sell their house.
Briefly.co.za gathered that after the sale, the sangoma disappeared into the night with R550 000 after being handed the funds for 'cleansing'.
Captain Bernard Matimulane, communications officer for the local SAPS, has noted that in the last three months, another victim had lost his pension to a sangoma who disappeared with over R1 million.
As for the unlucky couple, a case of fraud has been opened but the criminal is nowhere to be found:
“The couple has since opened a case of fraud at the Ivory Park SAPS and the police are investigating. The ‘healer’ has, since accepting the money, disappeared from his consulting place in the area and his cellphone is switched off."
Acting station commander Col Baba Mpotoane says it's sad to hear people fall for such far-fetched stories reports the Tembisan:
“Such miracles are not possible and anyone promising people such things is nothing but a fraudster and people should stay clear of them."
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