A 29-year-old Lesotho national pastor in South Africa is claimed to have scammed his congregants of R2 million and disappeared with it.
For more than two years, the congregants religiously joined into the pastor’s investment scheme but lost it all.
Tumelo Christopher Mukheti supposedly tempted his congregation in Kliptown, Soweto, to fund a non-refundable R1500 each into his investment scheme, Yahwe.
Between 2017 and 2018, the congregants put their monies into Yahwe after Mukhethi told them that their investments would pay out a 14% interest return.
The congregants never found anything offish, trusting that the investment was legal up until it was time to get their percentages. That’s when problems surfaced.
The investors noticed that they had been scammed of their hard-earned monies only when they tried to get their percentages and found that the investment scheme did not exist anymore. Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu of the Hawks said
“It was after the investors attempted to withdraw their dividends that hey later realized that Yahwe Investment Scheme offices had abruptly closed its operations. Mukheti had allegedly disappeared with the monies,” she said.
The enraged investor opened a case against Mukheti and he was arrested last week Friday.
Police were waiting for him at the Kopfontein border gate and arrested him after crossing in to South African when he had arrived from his native Lesotho.
Mukhethi appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday and he was released of R3000 bail.
“The matter was postponed to April 8, 202im0, for further investigations,” Mulamu said.