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Durban - INVESTIGATIONS are under way into the case of a conman who has been promising contractors he can secure tenders with eThekwini Municipality, and is collecting 50 percent deposits upfront.
Municipal spokesman, Thabo Mofokeng, said the conman, who goes by the name of George Langeni, has allegedly been asking for quotations on behalf of the municipality
Mofokeng said Langeni apparently contacted service providers for quotations for tenders that are advertised on a website, tsiboscreens.com, and issued false municipal documents and order numbers.
“He then requests the service provider to issue an invoice and pay a 50 percent deposit to a company called Tsibo Screens,” he said.
Mofokeng said that the city0s Integrity and Investigations Unit found that several service providers have been contacted by the conman. “He provides a city hall address and telephone number which is linked to the PABX at Florence Mkhize Building,” he said.
Mofokeng said one of the service providers became suspicious when he received an order number.
“He had gone to check the number with our procurement department. They then report-ed the matter to the City Investigations Unit. Another supplier was actually conned out of his money when he paid the 50 percent deposit,” he said.
Mofokeng urged the public to report such incidents to the unit. He said he was unable to say how much money was involved, nor to give further information as investigations were still in progress.
Anyone with information on maladministration or human rights violation in the municipality are urged to report it to the Integrity and Investigations Unit toll free at 0800 202020 or at 031 311 4002.