Ex-striker plays footie on repo men

Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI BOITUMELO TLHOAELE

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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