The office of the North West premier has issued a warning to residents about an impostor who calls unsuspecting members of the public and claims to be Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
The office revealed that the impostor reportedly tried to solicit money from people in several provinces, including Gauteng, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
Speaking on this, the premier’s spokesperson Brian Setswambung made it clear that the premier has no hands in the matter and that the premier does not go around phoning people asking for money.
“The office of the North West premier wishes to state that the premier does not go around phoning people asking for money. We call on all people who are approached by this fraudster to notify the police immediately,”
Setswambung went on to reveal that in a latest incident, the impostor contacted a member of Parliament (MP) in the Western Cape with a request for financial assistance allegedly for a student who was stranded in Cape Town.
According to him, the impostor claimed that he was requested by the president to assist the son of an old acquaintance and that he was getting ready for a visit by the president and asked the MP for R2 000.
Setswambung’s comments came after the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu’s innaugural speech on the economic state of North West.
Minister Zulu, who was joined by the North West Premier, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, other Ministers, MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development, among many others, made it clear that the SA government is determined to broaden participation by all our people in the mainstream economy, especially the historically disadvantaged, who constitute the majority in our provinces.