Conman told cops he was a Hawks brigadier

2012-07-29 20:01
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Johannesburg - A conman, since declared dead by home affairs, managed to trick the police into believing he was a brigadier with the Hawks, the Sunday Independent reported.

He had been arrested for several other crimes before impersonating a policeman with such success he was allowed to use police cars and other resources while investigating other criminals.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told the newspaper the man, who called himself Brigadier Musa Khumalo, was being investigated.

"He is in possession of a brigadier's uniform," he was quoted as saying.

"In such a case, junior officers would seldom ask a person to prove his/her rank and credentials."

A warrant of arrest had been issued.

Khumalo claimed to have been sent to KwaZulu-Natal by then acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

He helped to arrest Sibusiso Gcabashe, who impersonated dead musician Khulekani "Mgqumeni" Mseleku, according to the newspaper.

- SAPA
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