ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28 August 2015

Public Warned To Be On Alert Of Traffic Fine Scam

The Metro Police have warned members of the public to be on high alert of a new scam where drivers are tricked into paying money upfront for alleged outstanding fines.

The scam artists, using the names Captain Botha and Captain Swanepoel, claim to work for the Durban Metro Police and provide their cell number 063 228 1578 to unsuspecting members of the public.

They request payment be made into money market accounts at Checkers stores using reference number #2631.

Members of the public who have been contacted by the suspects have independently verified with the Metro Police call centre that they have no outstanding fines.

Metro Police Spokesman Eugene Msomi said police follow a strict process when issuing fines and following up on payment. 

He said once a fine is issued, a notice is sent to the offender and thereafter, a summons and warrant of arrest is issued.

Msomi said any member of the public who receives a call of this nature is urged to check their status with the Durban Metro Police by calling 031 311 2861/62/63/66 Monday to Friday. 

If approached they must report the matter to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit.

The Municipality views this infringement as a serious matter as it brings the organisation into disrepute. The Municipality has adopted a zero tolerance stance to all forms of fraud and corruption and wants to ensure that integrity, equality, accountability and fairness prevails. 

Report all complaints of infringement of human rights, maladministration, fraud and corruption committed by staff of or service providers contracted to the Municipality to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit on their toll free number: 0800 20 20 20, or Email: ombuds@durban.gov.za. 

Reports can also be done in person by visiting the Unit’s office on the 10th floor, Rennie House, 41 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Durban.All reported cases are treated as confidential. 

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za