A family lost more than R130 000 in Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s gold forex and commodities scheme.

Felicia Sibeko told Daily Sun that she invested R130 000 in Bushiri’s gold forex and commodities scheme, but had not received anything from it.

She told the publication she heard about the scheme when she visited the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church at Tshwane Showgrounds in 2017 and decided to invest in it.

She now regrets the decision which she says left her destitute and said she was even begging for food from friends.

Felicia said she sold her Toyota Quantum for R130 000 in July 2017, so that she could invest in the scheme.

She claimed they were told they would be more than R1 million richer after six months.

Her husband also paid R2 000 to attend an investment seminar in early 2017.

“My husband was told by Bushiri that the seminar will change our financial problems. He even said to my husband that as a child of God we should be rich,” she said.

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She said the Quantum they sold was their source of income as their other taxi, an Inyati, broke down early last year and they didn’t have money to fix it.

She said when they asked for their money from Bushiri, they were blocked and not given any answers.

“We don’t even have access to speak to Bushiri. My mother and father-in-law died last year and we struggled to bury them. I’m heartbroken, abused and I’m struggling to send my child to university. There is no more peace at home. We are suffering,” she said.

She said that people laughed at them that they gave money to Bushiri.

“We have lost our dignity. We were never poor, but today we are struggling to buy food and clothes for our children,” she said.

“I appeal to him to give me the investment profits and the money I invested.”

Provincial cop Spokesman Kay Makhubele told Daily Sun that the woman did go to the organised commercial crimes unit. “Police opened an inquiry for investigations,” said Makhubele.

Inquiries sent to ECG on Sunday and followed up yesterday did not yield any results.

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