Terry Pheto

Terry Pheto has been inplicated a property fraud scandal involving the National Lotteries Commission.
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‘Real-life tsotsi’: SA reacts to Terry Pheto alleged fraud scandal

Tweeps are shocked after ‘How to Steal 2 Million’ star Terry Pheto was implicated in a scandal involving the National Lottery Commission.

Terry Pheto

Terry Pheto has been inplicated a property fraud scandal involving the National Lotteries Commission.
Image via Twitter

Award-winning actress Terry Pheto has shocked South Africans after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) implicated her in a fraud scandal involving the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

The Tsotsi and How to Steal 2 Million star was one of a group of people and companies accused of being beneficiaries in alleged property fraud.

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On Friday, the SIU obtained a preservation order from the North Gauteng High Court to seize assets worth over R50 million.

They include nine luxury residential estates in Pretoria, Centurion, and Hartbeespoort valued at over R22 million. Additionally, one BMW 420i convertible and two Ocean Basket franchises worth over R25 million were also under preservation.

Listed in the group accused of using proceeds from unlawful activities at the lottery commission was Moitheri Pheto, who is also known as Terry Pheto.

According to the SABC, Terry allegedly benefited with a house from the proceeds.

The preservation order states that the group has been “prohibited from selling, disposing of, leasing, transferring, donating, or dealing in any manner whatsoever with respect to the immovable and movable properties”

SIU spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said: “SIU investigations in the affairs of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) had revealed that the acquisition of the properties was funded by the Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) with money they had received, under the auspices of grant funding, from the NLC.

He continued: “The luxury properties, therefore, constitute proceeds of unlawful activities hence the application for a preservation order pending the final determination of the application for final forfeiture.

“The preservation order will remain in force until an application for a forfeiture is finalised, which will be brought before the High Court under section 48 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act within 90 days”.

Terry Pheto has remained mum on the allegations.


Following the bombshell allegations involving Terry Pheto, South Africans on social media shared their opinions.

Here’s what tweeps had to say:

@WaThati: “Now I see why most celebrities never speak about corruption and the likes! They are involved in the most disturbing crime syndicates that pay their luxurious lifestyles. I’m so disappointed in her”

@KasiCrime: “Terry Pheto has won awards for her crime movies…Tsotsi & How to Steal 2 million. Guess it’s safe to say her acting skills were natural”

@Lisa_Mabena: “South Africa is a crime scene. You can’t tell me otherwise. Some people are making money through connections. If you think your qualifications in SA will take you elsewhere. Just forget. This Terry Pheto story tells you more about what’s happening between closed doors in SA”

@ISephara: “Terry Pheto is just another vile, lowlife, disgusting, airheaded, corrupt, criminal, masquerading as an elite influencer celebrity. Living the soft life on Lottery foundation money that was supposed to go to disability homes, old-age homes, and orphanages”