Ex-striker plays footie on repo men
FORMER Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kenny Niemach has applied his shibobo skills on the repo men.
Sunday World can exclusively reveal that Niemach has been dodging the repo men who have been trying to repossess his luxury BMW 5 Series after he defaulted on his monthly instalments for almost a year.
According to documents seen by Sunday World, Niemach, a former SuperSport soccer analyst for almost two years, bought the road monster for R750 000 through WesBank Motor Finance last year.
He was supposed to pay R10 411 in monthly instalments.
But Niemach made his first and only instalment on October 2 and is over R596 000 in arrears.
Niemach has ignored pleas from the bank officials to settle the arrears or surrender the Beemer.
Pressed for comment, Niemach confirmed that he is in arrears but threatened to sue this newspaper if we publish the story.
Why did that end up in the papers?
If you publish this story, I will take the matter to court,” he said before hanging up the phone.
Speaking on condition of anony- mity, a repo man, who has seen the account, said the bank had referred the account to its legal department after repeated requests for Niemach to surrender the car fell on deaf ears.
The legal department acquired the services of a lawyer, who obtained a judgment against him,” said the repo man.
Another repo man, who also did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said the legal department later obtained a court order to repossess the car from the retired footie.
We ve been to his house on several occasions, but they told us that he no longer lives there.
We went to SuperSport’s offices in Randburg, but they also told us that he no longer works there. We’re looking for him,” said the repo man. It looks like Niemach has an insatiable appetite for the finer things in life.
Documents seen by Sunday World show that Vodacom is on his trail because he is R11 535 in arrears for his cellphone account.
MTN is also owed R5 119 for a cellphone account bill.
Niemach also bought goods at Stuttafords to the tune of R2 034 and that account is also in arrears. A YEAR has passed since Palesa Madiba vanished, but her family have not given up hope on finding closure.
Madiba (21), a student at the University of Johannesburg, disappeared on the Women’s Day long weekend last year. Her whereabouts remain unknown.
She had left her home in Diepkloof, where she lived with relatives, the Tsoledi family, to visit a friend in Phiri, Soweto.
Madiba, who was to be on campus that Monday, never made it there.
Speaking to Sunday World at the family home in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Thursday night, Madiba’s aunts Tebogo Tsoledi and Mpho Madiba and her sister Lerato said they still couldn’t believe she was missing.
They have no idea what happened to her.
It doesn’t register that she’s missing,” said Lerato.
It’s something we think about… it never goes away,” said Mpho.
Dressed in T-shirts bearing Madiba’s face the relatives spoke about how tough the journey has been.
At first, we were all depressed and getting sick.
But now, we are slowly accepting it,” said Mpho.
They said they were disappointed in the police, claiming that they were not kept informed about the investigation from day one, and were sent from pillar to post when they wanted to report Madiba missing.
The last time they contacted us about this case was in March. We haven t heard from them since,” said Mpho.
The attitude is that she’s 21, and could have gone off with her boyfriend.
But if that’s the case, then the question is: Doesn’t she miss us and her siblings?’
Mpho said she wished they had more resources to take matters into their own hands.
If we had the money, we’d hire a private investigator to find Palesa,” she said.
The Madiba family’s advice to others who have gone through the same ordeal is that they should not lose hope.
Police spokesman Kay Makhubela said the investigation continued.
We hope she’s still alive as we’re doing our best and following up on all the leads we get from the community.
Sophia Combrink, clinical manager of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, said the family often had to deal with a great amount of trauma.
When someone is missing, the trauma is a lot more significant because it’s an ambiguous ending.”
Combrink said it became hard to strike a balance between continuing with life and living in hope.
In counselling, families are advised to accept that there’s an ambiguity and it is something you cannot control.
She said the family should talk about how they were dealing with the loss.
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