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By unknown | Apr 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

A Johannesburg salon owner's spirit of being a good Samaritan was crushed after a woman posing as a senior police officer used her to fleece job-seekers of their cash.

Nomxolisi Qani was forced to live like a refugee as she fled from her clients who were conned by alleged fraudster Dipuo Maleka.

Qani said she met Maleka, who allegedly posed as a superintendent from Johannesburg Central police station, when she came to her salon to do her hair.

Maleka, who was arrested at Carlton Centre in Johannesburg on April 9 on fraud charges, told her she was a police superintendent and had been transferred from KwaZulu-Natal. She said she was now based in the human resources department at Johannesburg Central police station.

"She told me that if I knew of people who wanted to work in the SAPS I should refer them to her."

Police spokesperson Inspector Sanku Tsunke said: "She conned more than 10 people. She allegedly asked for money ranging from R1500 to R2000."

Maleka allegedly operated in the Johannesburg CBD.

She is charged with theft under false pretences and charges of corruption and impersonating a police officer will also be added.

Tsunke said the Johannesburg commercial crimes unit was investigating the case and anyone who may have been conned by Maleka should contact the investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Elias Chauke, on 082-319-9518.


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