It was love at first sight, but the handsome stranger had sticky fingers. Brenda Margach met Marney van Zyl at a Saturday evening dance club for lonely over-40s, and yes, when she set eyes on the tall, dark and handsome man she fell in love.
Marney van Zyl introduced himself as a retired advocate who was also a wealthy stockbroker and part-owner of the Colony Boutique Hotel in Sandown, Joburg. And although a mischievous twinkle in his eyes might in retrospect have signalled danger, Brenda was swept off her feet.
For the next five years they had a blissfull relationship as Marney won Brenda’s trust and she didn’t think twice when he suggested that she hand over R22,000 so he could buy Sasol shares for her.