Fed up district director opens fraud case
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