Car deal went wrong — Oops, it’s an Uber

Mpho Makwela who allegedly pretended to be Emmanuel Rakobela

LEPHALALE — Lephalale Police are looking for Emmanuel Rakobela (Mpho Makwela) and Klaas R Phalane who they believe can assist them with their investigations.

It is alleged that on Monday 10 December 2018 at about 11:42, Olga Fabisi Chauke (28), saw an advertisement of a white Corolla Conquest 1.6 for sale on Facebook.

She negotiated with the seller who told her his name is Emmanuel Rakobela and her husband, Bento Daniel Sumbane, contacted him. They met at Lephalale Mall on Monday 10 December 2018 to close the deal.

The two went to Lephalale police station to complete an affidavit for the selling of the car. According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Cluster spokesperson, Chauke says she transferred R100 000 into a Capitec Bank account after the two men agreed on the price.

Rakobela then handed them the car’s registration papers as well as a copy of his ID.

Klaas R Phalane

On Thursday 13 December 2018 the family drove to the municipality and they successfully changed ownership.

On the 17th Sumbane was driving with the car in Germiston when he was stopped and searched by Police. He was taken to the police station and a detective informed him that there is another car with the same details and the person who sold the car to them is residing in Marapong.

According to WO Mokoena, Sumbane was arrested but released the next day. The detective showed him a photo of Rakobela and when they confronted him, he denied that he ever sold a car. They them discovered that the money was transferred to a Mr KR Phalane (Klaas).

Sumbane conducted a search on Facebook and discovered that Phalane is not the person who sold the car to them but he is a friend of Rakobela.

WO Mokoena says that they were told that the car’s details were forged and that according to Police records the car belongs to Uber and that the company was still paying for the car.

Anyone with any information on the mentioned suspects can contact Investigation Officer Sgt Tjatji Kekana at 078 472 0505 or 014 762 1058.

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