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 up front. She was also promised to be the first lady after the deal has been secured. The woman became suspicious and reported the incident to 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 he had instructed the woman to place into a bin at the taxi rank. The cash that he had accepted was recovered in his possession.
He was taken to the Durban Central police station for processing. He was charged for extortion. He will appear at the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday, 28 September 2020.
Source: South African Police Service