The vehicle with fake signage used by the suspects.

DURBAN - Three suspects are due to appear in Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for posing as health inspectors and asking a store owner for cash.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the three had allegedly pretended to be Department of Health employees.

“They approached a supermarket in Port Shepstone where they proceeded to check the expiry dates on various items. They allegedly requested the storekeeper to make a cash payment to them. The owner of the store contacted the department to confirm the visit, resulting in the three suspects fleeing in their vehicle,” said Mbele.

The suspects were arrested on Monday after being spotted by a community member.

“Police seized a vehicle with false registration plates, reflective jackets, fraudulent documents from the Department of Health, identity cards as well as stamps that was found in suspect’s possession. The vehicle was hired and fitted with fake department of health signage,” said Mbele.

The suspects aged between 34 and 38 are expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrates Court on Wednesday. They face charges of extortion and fraud.

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