Fed up dis­trict di­rec­tor opens fraud case

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

KING Cetshwayo Dis­trict Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion, David Chonco, has opened a fraud case against a scam­mer who cons peo­ple out of their money us­ing his name. Chonco said he was ‘fed up’ with the con­man’s dirty tricks which tar­nishes his pub­lic im­age and that of the ed­u­ca­tion fra­ter­nity. ‘I re­gard his ac­tions as char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion. I have been in­un­dated with calls from peo­ple who have been promised jobs and paid money to this crim­i­nal who claims to be me. ‘He tar­gets un­em­ployed teach­ers by phon­ing them to say va­cant teach­ing posts are avail­able. He prom­ises to get them ap­point­ment let­ters with­out them be­ing sub­jected to an in­ter­view. ‘Be­cause of des­per­a­tion, some peo­ple fall for this scam. For his ‘ser­vices’ he de­mands fees rang­ing from R2 900 up to R10 000. ‘To my knowl­edge this scam has been go­ing on for the past three years. At first he called him­self Mr Sha­bal­ala, then Skhum­buzo Dlamini, Zibisi, SP Chonco and now SD Chonco. ‘All th­ese are the names of se­nior of­fi­cials of this depart­ment. I ap­peal to teach­ers to be cau­tious and stop en­ter­tain­ing this con artist. ‘I’m now pin­ning my hopes on our law en­force­ment agen­cies. I be­lieve the po­lice will be able to bring this per­pe­tra­tor to book,’ said Chonco, who has sub­mit­ted all af­fi­davits he re­ceived from vic­tims to the po­lice. ‘I’m con­vinced this crim­i­nal has close con­nec­tions with my of­fice as he ap­pears to have in­for­ma­tion on what is go­ing on. ‘From what we are told by the vic­tims, he has been to my of­fice. He would take them with him to the of­fice and let them wait out­side. He then uses the exit door to dis­ap­pear. ‘We have en­coun­tered prob­lems in the past where our re­cep­tion area be­came con­gested with peo­ple who claim to be wait­ing for their promised ap­point­ment let­ters, which we, of course, know noth­ing about. Em­pan­geni SAPS Sta­tion Com­man­der, Brigadier Jeros Thango, con­firmed a case of fraud was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

King Cetshwayo Dis­trict Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion, David Chonco

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