Durban fake mayor

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‘Fake mayor’ arrested in Durban following R200 000 scam

You’ve got to be extremely confident to believe that you can impersonate the local mayor and get away with it – but this Durban criminal tried his luck.

Durban fake mayor

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A truly astounding turn of events has been reported in KwaZulu-Natal this week, after a 28-year-old suspect was arrested for posing as a local mayor. The man was taken to the Durban Central Police Station for processing and charged for extortion. He will appear at the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday 28 September 2020.

‘Fake mayor’ arrested in Durban

The suspect was moonlighting in order to scam locals out of their hard-earned money. One woman was asked to pay him R200 000 to secure a fictional R1 million tender, but grew suspicious when she was told to drop the money ‘in a bin near a taxi rank’. Yeah, that’s not exactly mayoral, is it?

SAPS has since issued a statement on the matter, echoing the dismay of the affected residents in Durban. They also revealed that the ‘fake mayor’ was promising his targets that they could become ‘the First Lady’ of the municipality if they went along with his little scam. Unsurprisingly, his high levels of hubris turned out to be his undoing.

SAPS statement on the Berea phony

“A 28-year-old man is in custody after he was arrested yesterday by police officers from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit and Metro Police at Berea. It is alleged that the man pretended to be the Municipality Mayor and offered a woman a tender where she will be paid more than a million rand on condition that she pay R200 000 in cash upfront.”

“She was also promised to be the First Lady after the deal has been secured. The woman became suspicious and reported the incident to the police after she was instructed to put the cash into a plastic bag and wait for further instructions at a taxi rank. Police intercepted the suspect after he received the cash, which was recovered in his possession.”

SAPS statement