Fri Apr 25 07:41:18 SAST 2014

'Leave Motsepe family home'

Nov 12, 2012 | AMANDA NGUDLE |

BILLIONAIRE Cyril Ramaphosa's wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa's relatives accuse her of trying to snatch the family's Soweto "match box" house away from them.

'IT'S MINE': The Motsepe family is at war over this Orlando East house, in which the aunt of Cyril Ramaphosa's wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa is living. Picture by Sibusiso MsibI
ACCUSED: Dr Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa is allegedly trying to steal the home. Picture by Bonile Bam

 Ramaphosa's wife accused of pulling fast one to get house 

Dr Motsepe-Ramaphosa is billionaire Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe's sister and the house at the centre of the dispute is the one in which they were both born, as well as their sister Rosette, a former beauty queen.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's wife Brigette was also raised there.

Motsepe-Ramaphosa's elderly aunt Boitumelo Mbongwa (72) née Motsepe, who is a cancer patient and who lives in the four-room house, says she received a rates and taxes statement for the house addressed to a Lebogo & Motsepe R,R,S,P&MS.

Sunday World could not independently verify if Motsepe-Ramaphosa is involved in the company, but family members maintain she is the kingpin of the "ousting".

Official records state that the company is owned by Ruth, Rosina Shadrack, Pabi Motsepe and Lucas and Matsho Lebogo, but concerned family members say they don't know who these Motsepes or Lebogos are.

Orlando police spokesperson Nomvula Mbense confirms Mbongwa opened a case of fraud against Motsepe-Ramaphosa two weeks ago and that investigations are under way.

This drama comes two months after the pensioner assembled the family to iron out differences.

"We had a meeting about these family quarrels and Tshepo and her younger sister Kuki attended that meeting," Mbongwa says.

Mbongwa's daughter Barbara stresses that Motsepe-Ramaphosa is spearheading the move to throw the aged Mbongwa Snr onto the streets.

"Tshepo's name might not appear anywhere but we know she has orchestrated this," she charges.

"I don't understand why Tshepo would do the transfer so fraudulently, even though she told my mom to her face she would sell the house.

"She didn't hide her intentions, but to go to the lengths she has gone to is scary."

Motsepe-Ramaphosa denies the allegations against her.

"I don't do fraud. Why would I do something like that? I think you must do your homework because you can't just get a call and start writing a story based on what you were told.

"Why me? Did you speak to the others?"

Upon learning of the existence of the docket, she says she will speak to the investigating officer.

Sunday World went to the house and a visibly upset Mbongwa would not allow us to take photos of her.

"I've lived in this house since 1968 and it is in my name. I will not let anyone bully me out of it," says the frail Mbongwa.

The title deed in her possession states that she is the owner of the house. But the October statement from the City of Johannesburg bears a different owner.

The municipality confirms that there has been a change of ownership but won't give further details.

The property value assessment of the house puts it at a market value of R300000 but Mbongwa says she wouldn't sell it for a million because no. 156 Adams Street in Orlando East is an important heritage as the house in which the famously wealthy Motsepes grew up.

"My parents asked my late husband and I to take care of this house. They even did a transfer at the deeds office.

"We relinquished our own house in Mapetla to honour my parents' wishes and now this," laments the old lady. "Where would I go at this age?"

Barbara believes her cousin Motsepe-Ramaphosa wants to turn the house into a restaurant or museum.

"I don't know what you are talking about. I haven't seen my family in a while. Besides, why would I do that to my grandmother's house?" she asks.

ngudlea@sundayworld.co.za; or Twitter @amandan777

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