We’re used to a lot of fake things in South Africa, but the emergence of this so-called ‘fake mayor’ in Durban has caught us all by surprise: Somewhat inexplicably, a brazen fraudster has been pretending to be Mxolisi Kaunda, in a bid to scam people out of their money through an elaborate scam.

‘Fake mayor’ tries to scam Durban residents

The crook has essentially assumed the identity of Mxolisi Kaunda, as he embarks on a supposed ‘fundraising drive’ for a top achieving student. The fake Mayor Kaunda says the talented young boy – who doesn’t exist, by the way – needs donations to fund a trip overseas. You can see where this is going, can’t you?

It’s not clear just how successful this scam artist has been, but it’s likely this cheeky attempt at identity theft will be stopped fully in its tracks now. Mayoral Spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa has rejected any link between the Durban Mayor and the boy named ‘Kheswa’, dismissing the campaign as ‘fraudulent activity’. If you come across the scheme, be sure to report it.

Durban’s Mxolisi Kaunda rejects ‘fundraising scam’

“Mxolisi Kaunda has not sanctioned any fundraising campaign with an aim of soliciting funds for a learner that is only known as Kheswa. This is a scam and members of the public should treat it as such.”

“Mayor Kaunda has condemned this fraudulent activity and he is encouraging members of the public who come across such a scam to report it to the law enforcement agencies.” | Mluleki Mntungwa

It’s deja vu for Mayor Kaunda

Strangely, it isn’t the first time Mxolisi Kaunda has been targeted in this manner: A 28-year-old suspect was arrested for posing as him last September. The man was taken to the Durban Central Police Station for processing and subsequently picked up a charge for extortion, after trying to solicit R200 000 payments in return for million-rand tender deals.

This fake mayor was also promising his targets that they could become ‘the First Lady’ of Durban – if they went along with his little scam. Unsurprisingly, these high levels of hubris turned out to be his undoing.

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Presh JM Reporter

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