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By unknown | Jul 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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A Port Shepstone man posing as a health official has been arrested after defrauding an unspecified number of residents of R35 a month for a bogus funeral scheme.

The man, in his early 30s, will appear in court today. The man, referred to as Dr Mtshali took monthly premiums from unsuspecting villagers in the Oshabeni area. He promised unsuspecting families that they would be paid up to R10000 in the event of the death of a relative.

He was arrested after Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni was informed on Sunday that she had allegedly appointed the man to collect R35 a month from the community as part of a funeral cover initiated by her department.

The department's spokesman, Desmond Motha, said Nkonyeni heard the news about the bogus employee after police in the area were alerted. Nkonyeni and the police drove to the area where the suspect was arrested. A fraudulent University of KwaZulu-Natal degree certificate was found in his possession. The man managed to carry out his plan in that area because Nkonyeni was born and bred there and people loved and respected her, Motha said.


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