Most of the time teachers are victims

By Mbulelo Sisulu

The Port Elizabeth Specialized Commercial Crimes Court found Bashir Lauw Kasenjera, an illegal Malawian citizen, guilty of defrauding a teacher of R669 000.

Kasenjera was further found guilty of corruption under the Contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (POCA), Contravention of the Immigration Act and Contravention of Consumer Protection Act.

Eastern Cape Division Regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani says Kasenjera tricked Mlungisi Booi into resigning from his teaching post and cash his pension because his ancestors would multiply his it.

“During June 2017 the 44-year-old teacher saw an advertisement in the PE Express newspaper where a “Professor Anadkat” promised “to work miracles with money”. The victim then  contacted the number placed on the advertisement which resulted in Kasenjera visiting him at his house in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth,” she said.

Kasenjera introduced himself to the teacher as “Professor Anadkat”. For the next four months Kasenjera subjected the victim to a series of spiritual rituals which  persuaded Booi to believe that Kasenjera had powers and the ability to establish contact between the complainant and his ancestors.

He ultimately convinced him to resign from his employment as a high school teacher and promised that he would cleanse the money so that the ancestors would multiply it to R30 million.

In October 2017 Booi resigned from his post as a teacher, and received a pension lump sum of just over R1.042 million in March 2018. Over two weeks after receiving the pension, Kasenjera swindled at total of R 669 000 from the victim. He convinced Booi to make a number of bank withdrawals and to hand over the money to him so that he would cleanse the money in order for Booi’s ancestors to multiply it. Needless to say Booi never received his money back.

Kasenjera was arrested during April 2018 in Port Elizabeth by the Motherwell general detectives. During the arrest he tried to bribe police with R 100 000 for his release. The docket was sent to the Hawks for further investigation.

Senior state prosecutor, Advocate Lise Keech, said a minimum sentence of 15 years is applicable to the fraud count and 18 for the corruption count. She said South African citizens are daily scammed by syndicates  especially the ancestral and black dollar scams and it was extremely difficult for the police to find and arrest these suspects as they have forged passports, are in the country illegally and use false names, only cash and cellphones Rica’d in the name of other people.

Sentencing will be on 21 August 2020.

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