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By unknown | Apr 24, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thuli Zungu

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Collin Taderera, the man who allegedly conned his way into over R50 million worth of contracts using an unsuspecting woman as a front, has been enquiring into the tender that Sowetan helped stop from being awarded to him.

Taderera has been seen in Johannesburg in the past two days. He has been trying to verify if his contract with the Department of Housing is still in place.

Taderera is a Zimbabwean accused of using a South African woman, Pretty Mthimkhulu, aged 24, in acquiring government contracts worth R54million since 2003.

He was on a verge of scooping another contract worth R52 million to build houses in Gauteng when Sowetan notified the department about the alleged fronting.

Sowetan has it from a reliable source that Taderera previously worked for Thala Development and Cooperation in Durban, a department which issued contracts and finance to applicants, before he started his own business, which he named CTM Construction.

It also emerged that he used to pay suppliers of his erstwhile company from the company fund of Micromath Trading.

A caller who claims to know Taderera well said yesterday that the man owned the latest Dodge 4x4, a Chrysler product he bought early this year. He also owned a house worth about R1,2 million in Westville, Durban.

Mthimkhulu, a domestic worker he employed, remains bitter over the issue. Taderera has netted R52million using her name since 2003.

"I am sad and depressed to find that I have a company that owes the South African Revenue Service thousands of rands. He used me."

She says her employer was battling to make ends meet when she joined the company.

"I remember him asking me to complete employment forms," she says.

"I think this was when he created a close corporation and made me part of Micromath without my consent."

Mthimkhulu says Taderera acquired contracts to the tune of R54million before leaving her in the lurch.

Last week Taderera got seven letters of demand from suppliers through their attorneys, demanding about R200000 from Micromath.

But Taderera referred these to Mthimkhulu for payment.


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