A psychic who extorted R5m from a grieving client who wanted closure after the death of her mother, and another R540 000 from her father, has been ordered to pay back the money.

KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) Acting Judge M Sibisi also directed that his ruling be referred to the NDPP to consider possible criminal proceedings against Deborah Govender.

In the civil case, Kajal Aheer claimed just under R5m – money she said she paid to Govender under duress after Govender threatened to expose potentially damaging confidential information about her.

Her father, Vinesh Aheer, claimed R540 000 – money he said he paid because Govender told him Kajal owed it to her.

TimesLIVE reports that Kajal said she met Govender after seeing an advertisement for a psychic after the sudden death of her mother in 2015 from a heart attack.

Kajal believed Govender had supernatural powers that enabled her to pray to a deity and connect with the dead.

She was happy to pay Govender in the initial stages of their relationship, but in October 2017 Govender started blackmailing her.

 Kajal made 44 payments to Govender between November 2017 and July 2020, when she had exhausted her funds, including her investments.

Kajal then confessed everything to her brother. She got a protection order against Govender and instituted legal proceedings.

‘The facts of this matter reveal the possible commission of a crime,’ Sibisi said, granting judgment against Govender for R5.5m plus interest and costs.

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