Con man who met Jacob Zuma is broke, will be deported

2013-11-27 08:20

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A German man who is believed to have illegally lived in South Africa for the past eight years while posing as potential investor is broke, the home affairs department has said.

“The [last known] address we had for him, he had not paid rent there for the past two years and was eventually evicted,” the department’s immigration inspectorate unit’s chief director, Modiri Matthews, said yesterday.

“He basically presented himself as an investor. That is how he was able to get an impressive profile. But the truth is that he was living off hand-outs from his fellow Germans [living in and around Joburg].

“We found him living in the basement of his friend’s house. He said he had no money,” Matthews said.

Willi Breuer was arrested at a house in Kibler Park, south of Joburg, yesterday, and is now being detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre, awaiting deportation.

“He has a bed, blankets, three meals a day, access to water and toilets, and a TV in the room,” Matthews said.

Matthews hoped Breuer would be deported by the end of the week, but said it would all depend on how quickly the German embassy acted on the matter.

He said the 61-year-old was visibly upset, but compliant during the arrest.

Breuer is reportedly a close friend of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

The department could not confirm or deny the report.

City Press reported that Breuer secured a private audience with Zuma at his Joburg home last September.

Read: The great Zuma con

He boasted during the meeting that he and his company Auxilium Africa were going to invest billions in South Africa and transform waste management, particularly in poorer municipalities, the newspaper reported.

Breuer’s visa expired in 2005, Matthews said.

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