Durban – A 28-year-old guy who allegedly posed because the eThekwini mayor is because of seem within the Durban Magistrate’s Court nowadays going through an extortion price.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele mentioned the person used to be arrested in a sting operation on Saturday whilst selecting up a R200 000 bribe for a R1 million contract underneath the pretence he used to be the mayor.
“It is alleged that the man pretended to be mayor Mxolisi Kaunda. He offered a woman a contract where she would be paid more than R1m on condition she paid R200 000 in cash up front. She was also promised to be the ‘first lady’ after the deal had been secured.
“The woman became suspicious and reported the incident to the police after she was instructed to put the cash in a plastic bag and wait for further instructions at a taxi rank. The police intercepted the suspect after he received the cash, which he had instructed the woman to place in a bin at the taxi rank. The cash he had accepted was recovered in his possession,” mentioned Mbele.
She mentioned the person used to be charged with extortion after his arrest on Saturday by means of law enforcement officials from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit and metro police in Berea.
The municipality mentioned it had gained stories that any person had hacked the mayor’s cell phone and used it to extort cash from the unsuspecting public in go back for jobs and contracts.
“A few weeks ago, the municipality issued an alert notifying the public about an imposter who created a Facebook account under his name to advertise jobs,” learn its commentary.
Mayor Kaunda warned the general public to be vigilant of criminals the usage of his identify to extort cash with the promise of jobs.
“As the mayor, I will never use social networks to advertise jobs. The municipality has official platforms where notices for employment and tenders are advertised.”