Skhumba loves stokvels but doesn’t want to be ripped off

Co­me­dian tells Bon­gani Mdakane about the lessons he learned after los­ing money in a stokvel

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HE IS known for speak­ing his mind and send­ing peo­ple rolling on the floor with laugh­ter. When he is on stage or be­hind the mi­cro­phone, Skhumba Hlophe un­leashes tit­bits of com­edy in style.

How­ever, he is very cau­tious when choos­ing stokvels. The co­me­dian learned tough lessons while he was a stokvel mem­ber. He says he was a fond mem­ber of a stokvel in his neigh­bour­hood of Tem­bisa, be­fore some lead­ers of the stokvel took him for a ride.

ROBBED OF HIS MONEY

He says that he joined a stokvel be­cause he be­lieved that it was a good thing to save money.

“I have for­got­ten the name of the stokvel which I was a mem­ber of, but the peo­ple who were run­ning it were crooks,” he says.

“They seemed to be nice in the be­gin­ning but they later ran away with our money. I felt be­trayed by what they did. We tried to open a case of theft with the po­lice but they told us that we gave away our money will­ingly,” he says.

BE CARE­FUL WITH YOUR MONEY

Skhumba, who fea­tures on Kaya FM’S break­fast show, 180 With Bob, pre­sented by Bob Mabena and Kuli Roberts, says that he has learned a hard les­son when it comes to in­vest­ing his money.

“You should be care­ful of who you in­vest your money with or you will re­gret it for the rest of your life when your money is gone. I have learned that my money is only safe at the bank. I don’t want to find my­self in the same sit­u­a­tion again. Peo­ple need to learn that they can­not just trust any­one with their money. It’s dan­ger­ous out there,” he says.

STOKVELS ARE A GREAT IN­VEST­MENT

Even though he says that he no longer in­tends to be part of a stokvel, Skhumba says that not all stokvels are bad.

“There are some stokvels out there that are be­ing run pro­fes­sion­ally and peo­ple’s money is safe. Be­fore you be­come a mem­ber of any stokvel, you must do re­search and have a full un­der­stand­ing of what you are putting your­self into.

“If I ever change my mind about be­long­ing to a stokvel, I’ll make sure that I’m care­ful so that I don’t lose money,” he says.

Skhumba is not only a fun­ny­man, but he’s a man with a big heart. He re­cently hosted a com­edy show, Walk This Way With Skhumba, to raise money to buy wheel­chairs for dis­abled peo­ple.

He’s cur­rently go­ing around Gaut­eng province do­nat­ing wheel­chairs to de­serv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He has al­ready do­nated wheel­chairs in Alexan­dra, Pre­to­ria and Soweto.

Be­fore you be­come a mem­ber of any stokvel, you must do re­search

Skhumba Hlophe warns stokvel mem­bers to be care­ful of los­ing their hard-earned cash

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