Yvonne Chaka Chaka scammed by con artist
Local songbird and businesswoman Yvonne Chaka Chaka has allegedly been scammed out of R150 000.00 by a high-flying Limpopo 'con artist', Alfridah Kgabo Matse.
Matse allegedly told her potential clients she was working with former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni. But Mboweni, who is now board chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, denied knowing or even working with her.
The con artist apparently swindled R250 000.00 from Mboweni's cousin after the former governor introduced her to the unsuspecting relative.
The Polokwane sheriff of the court paid Matse a surprise visit at her house last month to serve her with a summons from Chaka Chaka's lawyers - but found the house empty.
"When we asked why they were looking for her, they told me she had vanished with Yvonne's money," says the neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous.
Chaka Chaka confirms that Matse took off with R150 000.00 and that she has taken legal action against her.
She says Matse first begged her to be her mentor. Once she had gained Chaka Chaka's trust she asked for a loan.
"Last year when I was in Polokwane on a business trip, she came to my hotel room with two children and said she was running a printing company.
"She said she couldn't pay her staff or her kids' school fees as people were delaying the release of R100-million she inherited from her deceased parents. She further claimed her parents had owned interests in the mining sector.
Matse apparently did the same to Limpopo MEC for Health Charlie Sekwati and has now disappeared.
Date Posted : 04 Jun 2012