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    Mthonjeni Housing Co-op chair arrested


    – The chairman of a 150-member Mthonjeni Housing Co-operative in Zvishavane has been remanded in custody after he allegedly duped members of their hard earned cash.
    Lot Sibanda has allegedly been conning widows, vendors and civil servants through selling non-existent stands to them. He allegedly claimed that his stands that went for $1 800 each were for the underprivileged
    He appeared before Magistrate Peter Madiba.
    The matter came out after Sibanda allegedly conned three prison officers, Febion Mkandla (39), Boyd Manhema (40) and Ron Mathibini (37) of $60 each which he said was administration fee. The complainants were all shown land where they were supposed to develop stands after paying $2 500 each which he said was the purchasing fee.
    Sibanda managed to get about 150 members to subscribe with his cooperative paying $55 a month. The members were supposed to have their stands ready for development after paying $500.
    After getting a membership base Sibanda entered into an agreement with Merjack Private Limited that he was to pay a monthly instalment of $5 000 for 150 stands at Mabhula Housing Project.
    A contract was then entered into by the two parties but Sibanda failed to raise the agreed instalment for the month of June to November 2015 which was a total of $19 704 although the members were paying.
    Merjack had to write to Sibanda warning him that he was risking cancellation of his contract if he do not pay.
    After seeing that he was in trouble Sibanda did not discuss the issue with his members but hatched a plan were he went and conned three Prison officers.
    It is alleged that the complainant later on discovered that the stands sold to them had been repossessed by Merjack and that the cooperative has was trouble and reports were made with the Police.
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