A PROBATION officer who conducted interviews with disgraced former lawyer Thobela Qampi yesterday described him as arrogant and said he had shown no remorse after stealing thousands of rands from clients.
Qampi, 36, of Sydenham, was convicted of fraud and theft after stealing nearly R400 000 from clients who had paid him money for various properties and transfer costs while he pretended to be a practising estate agent through his business, Qampi Properties.
The court heard that several of these clients were ruined financially as a result, as many had borrowed money to buy the properties.
Sonwabile Mavuso, a social worker asked to compile a probation report ahead of sentencing, said: “The accused demonstrated signs of the utmost arrogance and said if the court sends him to jail he will not pay back the money.”
This indicated Qampi was not remorseful about his actions. “If you show remorse, you cannot be arrogant. He has no remorse whatsoever,” Mavuso said.
For the full story read The Herald, or get the complete newspaper, including comics, classifieds, crosswords and back editions in our e-Edition.