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
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