The late reverend Glayton Modise of the International Pentecost Holiness Church probably died a broke and broken man after allegedly being swindled out of nearly R30-million.
Modise, who died in February , had been fighting an alleged scamster since 2009 in a bid to recover the millions he invested in a bogus agricultural project.
According to a police statement seen by Sunday World, the late man of the cloth initially invested R21-million before the con man requested more funds for the venture.
The statement reads: “The complainant alleges that he went into a business agreement with (name withheld), who pretended to be the owner of North West Mechanised Farming, and the complainant invested R21-million.
“And an additional R6447036 was deposited into a Standard Bank account. The complainant was promised a payment of R650000 per month, which was only paid (out) once.”
After the suspect disappeared, Modise tried in vain to recover his money. He was even told that the suspect was unknown by the companies he had claimed to be working for, or with, in the deal.
It was only in February last year that Modise finally approached the police about the alleged multimillion-rand fraud.
Gauteng police confirmed that Modise, whose church is the second biggest in the country with more than three million followers, had opened a case of fraud at the Bekkersdal police station.
“The investigation has been finalised and the docket has been taken to the public prosecutor for a decision,” police spokeswoman Noxolo Kweza said.
“We are awaiting that. No arrest has been made at this stage.”
Modise’s son Tshepiso, who isembroiled in a deadly battle for the throne left vacant by his respected father, said he was not aware of the case.
Sunday World visited Lichtenburg, North West, this week to verify the status of the two firms mentioned in Modise’s police statement.
Upon arrival at the first address, our reporter was told the business was no longer operating from the premises. The other firm was unknown to locals.
A farming equipment shop nearby confirmed that they knew the suspect because he also owed them R70000.
Cerealis CEO Josey Hendriks said: “Good luck. We are also looking for him.
“He owes us R70000 for the parts that he bought from us. But you must be careful what you write about that man because he will sue you.”