Six suspects arrested in multi-million rand land sales scam remain behind bars, case postponed

  • The group is accused of selling sites on privately-owned Portion 41 of Kalkfontein farm which they have since renamed Morena Seaka View.
  • The portion of the land was invaded in 2015 after a still to be settled land restitution claim with the Mojapelo clan.
  • The land is privately-owned by Bluedot Properties, who acquired it from Tebcon Developers for R14 million in 2010.

Six people arrested in a multi-million land sales scam appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The suspects, including a lawyer and the self-styled leader of the illegal occupiers of a farm outside Polokwane, are accused of selling sites on Portion 41 of the privately-owned Kalkfontein farm. The occupiers of the land, who were declared illegal in two court judgments, have since renamed the plot Morena Seaka View.

The six, who were arrested on Wednesday,  include a lawyer, Maditaboga Motimele, and leader of the Morena Seaka Home Owners’ Association Ngwanamaredi Francina Sebati.

The other accused are Botany Mojapelo, Nelson Tsebe, Mphezulu Maphanga and Charles Mojapelo. They are all also directors of the association and members of the Mojapelo tribal authority.

Magistrate Janine Ungerer postponed the case to 12 August 2020 for a formal bail application.

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Portion 41 was invaded in 2015 after the Mojapelo clan launched land restitution claim, which is yet to be settled.

The land is privately-owned by Blue Dot Properties, which it acquired from another company, Tebcon Developers, for R14 million in 2010.

Residential sites were then allegedly sold illegally to unsuspecting members of the public by the so-called Morena Seaka Home Owners’ Association.

News24 has since seen documents that show that the sites were sold for R2 500 before the price increased to R120 000 in 2019.

The money was either paid in cash or deposited into Absa bank account number 9307465988. By the end of 2019, more than R3.8 million was collected.

News24 has also seen a letter that the association wrote on Monday – seemingly signed by Sebati – to the adjacent Mamahule tribal authority requesting assistance to “remove Blue Dot totally out of Portion 41.”

In exchange for their assistance, the Mamahule tribal authority was promised a share of another Portion 224 of the Kalkfontein farm. Portion 224 is known as Ramathlodi Park.

The letter reads in part: “Request for an urgent meeting regarding the removal of Blue Dot and government stakeholder totally out of Portion 41 and a plan on getting subdivision of Portion 224 of Ramathlodi Park.”

The head of Mamahule tribal authority Lesiba Matsaung confirmed receipt of the letter.

“We strive to conduct matters within the framework of the law of South Africa, hence we have forwarded the letter to our attorneys for legal advice,” Matsaung said.

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