Dad backs child’s Bushiri tes­ti­mony

‘10 ve­hi­cles not the pro­ceeds of crime’

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele and Thuso Magano news@sun­day­world.co.za

The fa­ther of a woman who said she bought seven lux­ury cars two weeks af­ter she vis­ited prophet Shep­herd Bushiri’s church has de­fended her af­ter it was al­leged she bought the cars with the pro­ceeds of crime.

Char­maine Kekana’s tes­ti­mony at the church went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia af­ter the no­to­ri­ous Twit­ter par­ody Man’s Not Barry Roux al­leged that the woman and her fam­ily were loot­ing the Mo­galak­wena mu­nic­i­pal­ity in North West.

The ac­count posted a video on Wed­nes­day with the cap­tion: “She lied. Th­ese cars be­long to his fa­ther Phineas Kekana, whowas head of se­cu­rity at Mo­galak­wena and part of the thugs who looted the mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­til it got un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion with no bud­get.”

How­ever, Phineas Kekana poured cold­wa­ter over­the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing peo­ple were just jeal­ous of his daugh­ter.

Kekana said Char­maine, 26, is a di­rec­tor in his se­cu­rity com­pany, which has been do­ing busi­ness with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the past three years.

Kekana went into busi­ness af­ter re­sign­ing as head of se­cu­rity from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity fol­low­ing 14 years of ser­vice.

“I re­signed in 2014 and went into busi­ness where I opened my se­cu­rity com­pany, Vutha Mkhonto, which has been do­ing busi­ness with Mo­galak­wena by pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity ser­vices for them for three years now. The com­pany is also pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity ser­vices to the res­i­dents of Mah­wel­ereng [in Lim­popo].

“I make over R1-million monthly, that is why we af­ford the lux­ury life­style my daugh­ter is liv­ing. Those cars are hers, she is not ly­ing. She is a di­rec­tor in the com­pany,” he said.

In the video, Char­maine could be heard say­ing: “I had three cars at the time I vis­ited the church and prophet [Bushiri] put his hands on me.

“Two weeks later, I bought seven cars. I went to the Mercedes-Benz deal­er­ship to buy a C43 be­cause [it] is cheaper but the deal­er­ship said they will give me a C63 with a price of the C43.”

Ac­cord­ing to Char­maine, the C43 was R1.3m and the C63 was R2m, say­ing the deal­er­ship gave her R700 000 dis­count.

She fur­ther men­tioned that she owns a Hyundai i20, a Toy­ota minibus, an­other Mercedes-Ben­z­car, two Toy­ota bakkies and VW Golf 7.

Kekana said his daugh­ter can­not speak to Sun­day World.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Male­sela Selokela con­firmed that Kekana was do­ing busi­ness­with them. He also saidhe was not aware of any loot­ing at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Char­maine Kekana says she bought seven cars af­ter vis­it­ing Bushiri’s church.

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