Scam man on the run

Thuli Zungu

Thuli Zungu

The Gauteng housing department has withdrawn a R52million contract from a conman who also allegedly ripped off a domestic worker while using her as a front to win countrywide tenders worth millions of rands.

The details of the Zimbabwean national's transactions came to light during a Sowetan probe that revealed that Collins Tederera, of Micromath Trading 428cc, had used a domestic worker to front transactions, without her consent.

Tederera won tenders worth R54million for projects in Stanger and Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape and Boipatong in the Vaal, Gauteng.

Sowetan also established that Tederera had used a forged clearance certificate to apply for the Gauteng housing tender.

The commercial crime unit confirmed yesterday that they were investigating Tederera after Pretty Mthimkhulu complained that he had used her particulars for four years without her consent.

Mthimkhulu told Sowetan that Tederera had used her particulars to register a close corporation so he could secure tenders.

Tederera allegedly registered her as a sole taxpayer, leaving her heavily indebted to the South African Revenue Service.

Although the amount has not been established, Mthimkhulu believes it could run into millions of rands. She also alleges that Tederera bought a new vehicle using her particulars.

Mthimkhulu claims that although she was registered as a 50 percent shareholder in the close corporation, she was paid only R1200 a month for two years since 2003.

Her salary increased when she started enquiring about the irregularities and mismanagement of funds, including tax and VAT evasion.

It went up to R15000 a month and he told her she could buy a car worth about R100000 and that the company would pay for it.

In December, Tederera allegedly transferred about R630000 from the cc's account into his own account.

Sowetan has established that Micromath Trading 428cc owes suppliers about R20000 and these suppliers have, through their attorneys, demanded payment from Tederera.

However, instead of paying them, he referred the letters to Mthimkhulu, who had left his employ after he had offered to buy her out for R250000 but had paid her only R50000.

The housing department confirmed yesterday that they had withdrawn Tederera's R52million tender on Monday after Sowetan's revelations and that they had reported the matter to police.

Tederera could not be reached for comment and Mthimkhulu has been put under the police witness protection programme.