THEY paid mamfundisi R11 500 to buy chairs and cutlery for their catering business.
However, they never received any of it and she’s been avoiding them.
Now angry small business owners are accusing the mamfundisi in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, of being a scammer.
Nosibongile Mahlumbe said they trusted the woman when they made an order with her in December, thinking she was a woman of God who could be trusted.
“I guess we were wrong. Some people are hiding behind churches to do evil. My niece ordered from her. She’s trying to make a living because she has no parents and is looking after her siblings but someone has decided to scam her,” she said.
Nosibongile said the woman ran the church with her husband.
“My niece ordered Tiffany chairs and cutlery. She placed the order in October 2021 and paid in December,” she said.
Nosibongile said the woman was the co-owner of a business she ran with her husband.
“We are in the fifth month of waiting for nothing. I’m sure my niece is not the only person she conned.
“We just want our money back,” she said.
Daily Sun spoke to the mamfundisi, who denied being a scammer.
“I’m running an online business and it’s legitimate. We experienced supply problems like other businesses during Covid-19 and this resulted in delays,” she said.
The woman said Nosibongile and her family were told their order would be arriving soon.
“They decided they no longer want it and demanded a refund. I told them to send a cancellation letter,” she said.
She said she paid back R5 000 and the rest would be returned after 14 days.
Nosibongile confirmed she received the money, but said it was only after she told her she was going to the People’s Paper.