A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
The Hawks in the North West arrested the conman in Kuruman in the Northern Cape. He was nabbed after a fierce manhunt after he reportedly went around contacting members of the public and government officials pretending to be Mahumapelo.
The 25-year-old also tried to scam several senior citizens including Deputy Minister, Andries Nel. The man who appeared not to be a first-timer allegedly tried to trick unsuspecting citizens into believing that he was the son of the former Botswana President Seretse Kgama.
Confirming the arrest, Hawks Spokesperson, Tlangelani Rikhotso said:
“The Hawks have arrested a 25-year-old male for impersonating the Premier of the North West and also pretended to be a son of the former President of Botswana. The man was arrested in Kuruman.”
Meanwhile, he is expected to appear at the Mmabatho Magistrate Court on the 28th December 2016.
Last week, the office of the premier warned the public about the scam after Premier Supra received several calls from top politicians in the country, including a Western Cape-based Member of Parliament.
The office disclosed in a statement that the impostor had been soliciting money from people in several provinces, including Gauteng, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape and warned South Africans not to give him a dime.
In the meantime, Premier Supra has expressed satisfaction with the Hawks for a job well done.
His office confirmed that North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has sent congratulatory message to the Hawks for the speedy arrest following their thorough investigations.
“This person has indeed played a significant role in actually tarnishing the good name of Premier Mahumapelo through the crimes he’s committed,” Supra’s office added.
No doubt, the conman has apparently arrived the end of the line. I believe his arrest will serve as a deterrent to other fraudsters out there.