In­vest­ments: man de­nied bail, sec­ond ar­rest im­mi­nent

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - NABEELAH SHAIKH

A KWADUKUZA (Stanger) man who al­legedly duped in­vestors into part­ing with mil­lions of rand was de­nied bail this week.

He will spend Ra­madaan in Westville Prison.

Many alleged vic­tims came to see Ahmed Omar­jee, 33, ap­pear in the KwaDukuza mag­is­trate’s court.

Ac­cused of de­fraud­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple in a R150 mil­lion ten­der scheme, he al­legedly ap­proached peo­ple, claim­ing to have se­cured lu­cra­tive con­tracts with the New­cas­tle mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pro­vide sub­mersible wa­ter pumps.

He of­fered a 10 to 30 per­cent re­turn on in­vest­ment.

New­cas­tle mayor Afzul Rehman said no such con­tracts ex­isted.

Omar­jee van­ished in Novem­ber as pic­tures of his ex­trav­a­gant life­style, in­clud­ing first class travel, cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia. He also shared memes of him­self on Face­book.

His lawyer, Wes­ley John Rogers, said a bail bid had been aban­doned “for cer­tain rea­sons, which are in Ahmed’s best in­ter­ests at this point”.

He added: “The al­le­ga­tions are dis­puted, so there will be no ad­mis­sion of guilt.”

“Peo­ple are suf­fer­ing and have lost their life sav­ings be­cause of him,” said an in­vestor who did not want to be named.

On the Sun­day Tri­bune Her­ald Face­book page, the Stanger com­mu­nity re­acted to Omar­jee’s jail­ing.

Azhar Bassa com­mented: “So many peo­ple have been left with noth­ing.”

Su­gan Nair said: “How do you live with your­self ?”

In a new twist to the case, sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have re­vealed that a man known to Omar­jee is also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and faces ar­rest.

Ahmed Omar­jee’s ad.

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