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Police fail to find fraudulent township estate agent

23.07.2012

Beauty Jack has defrauded a number of residents out of RDP houses in Du Noon.

A Cape Town domestic worker who dreamt of owning her own home thought her dream had come true when she used her R60 000 early pension payout to buy a house in Du Noon two years ago.

However, her dream turned into a nightmare when the estate agent disappeared with her money and the house was never transferred into her name.

Having parted with all her savings, Joyce Molele, 41, a mother of one adult child, is still living in a one-room shack that gets flooded each time it rains.

Mdele said after she set out to buy a house in Du Noon, she was referred to Beauty Jack who said she was a ‘property agent’ and showed her three RDP houses she said were for sale.

After seeing a house she liked, Molele said she asked her boss for an early pension payout and handed over the asking price of R60 000.

But transfer of the property never took place and she was not been able to move into the house.

Investigations at the deeds office revealed that the property belonged to Cynthia Kebareng Moseki who died in December 2003. Ownership of the house has since been transferred to Moseki’s four children.

Although she has opened a case of fraud against the informal estate agent, nothing has happened.

Molele said having lived in a shack her entire life, she was desperate for a solid home and her boss had given her the R60 000 as an early pension so she could buy an RDP house.

The woman who posed as an estate agent, Beauty Jack, allegedly defrauded seven other home buyers out of their money in 2010, said ward councillor Lubabalo Makeleni.

Makeleni said Jack was no longer staying in Du Noon as the community was very upset with her.

Today Milnerton Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Daphne Dell confirmed that a case of fraud had been opened against Jack but said police were still looking for her.

Dell said Jack was the only person the police were looking for in connection with fraudulent RDP house sales in Du Noon Township.

“The suspect (Jack) is still missing. We’re still looking for her,” said Dell. — Peter Luhanga

Tags: Beauty Jack, Cynthia Kebareng Moseki, Daphne Dell, Du Noon, fraudulent RDP house sales, Joyce Molele, Lubabalo Makeleni, Milnerton Police

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