The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation have arrested a man on Saturday in Rustenburg for pretending to work for the United Nations and for the contravention of the Disaster Management Act, confirmed the DPCI.
Dr Mark McKenzie, 26-years old, was arrested for fraud and for contravening the Disaster Management Act, 2002(Act No.57 of 2002).
He was allegedly responsible for a Youth Movement Programme that focused on giving South African youth community development opportunities oversees.
Law enforcement undertaken an investigation back in March this year, which uncovered that McKenzie, whose doctoral qualification is still to be verified, held several meetings with his victims from February in which he was lobbying for interested people who wanted to join his initiative to pay an amount of R1,500, each as volunteers.
Furthermore, McKenzie, who is a Tanzanian national without a passport and in the country illegally, deceived the Rustenburg Municipal officials telling them that he was a UN official tasked with distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), thereby trying to convince them to pay a certain amount of money for his services.
He went further with his deception to get a Sandton businessman to procure surgical masks for him to the amount of R2M, which he claimed was for distribution to the vulnerable citizens.
The HAWKS in Gauteng says they are dealing with this crime and the suspect will appear in the Ranburg court soon.
On the other hand, McKenzie has also been remanded in custody by the Pretoria magistrate’s court while awaiting his next 11 May court appearance.
Again, the Rustenburg magistrate’s court awaits his appearing on Tuesday for the same charges.
HAWKS has welcomed the arrest of this suspect.
“The HAWKS will deal with any corrupt individual, entities, companies and organisations who intend to help themselves on the resources intended to fight the COVUD-19 pandemic. I have directed the team to also establish as to whether he is a doctor or not,” said Lieutenant General Lebeya.