A Vaal family is writhing in pain after a Meyerton thief posing as a thatcher demanded a 25 percent deposit before he could grass roof their round house.
The Meyerton thatcher who go by the name Monyeleka Edwin Senona, started ignoring messages from the family representatives as soon as a deposit of R4500 reflected in his Capitec Bank account number 1678438101.
“Senona convinced us that he was a serious thatcher when he turned up on site with less than 100 bundles of grass and three poles,” said a family representative who requested to remain unidentified.
The grass and poles are still at the family’s property.
The thatcher then made the family to believe that he only needed R4500 to buy thatching material. He said he will get the remaining R13 500 after finishing the work.
“Shockingly the following day he called demanding a further deposit of R10 000 to purchase poles. And when I told him that further payments will only be done when he is half way through the job, the thatcher dropped the call and we never heard anything from him since,” complained the family member.
Continued the family representative: “All we need is our money back. He must just refund us and collect his wilting grass and poles back.”
The dubbed family would like to warn members of the public looking for thatching services to avoid Senona who changes his contact numbers regularly.
His two contact numbers which the family last spoke to him are 0837274666 and 0659917225. He drives a white pick up truck which is either a Nissan or a Toyota with number plates WDF 667 GP. Police are trying to trace him using the number plates of his car which seems to be fraudulent as well.
The conman circulates nicely thatched structures which he claims to be products of his handwork.
The family has opened a case of theft by false pretence with Vereeniging Police and the crook is currently on the run. Efforts by the police to contact him were fruitless.
The family has also written to Capitec and FNB to alert them about how Sonena was using their business institution to ply his fraudulent activities.
Sonena contacted the family a few minutes after reading this story in the media promising to pay back the money month-end.