Tree scam in KwaZulu-Natal

2011-10-06 21:42

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal government warned the public on Thursday about con artists selling alien plants and promising to buy back the by-products to make bio-fuel.

"We are warning the public to refrain from buying any tree that is claimed, or linked in any way to being a material source of bio-fuels," agriculture spokesperson Zakhele Nyuswa said.

"We have learned that there are individuals out there that con unsuspecting members of the public, especially rural communities."

Nyuswa said the conmen were selling trees for between R50 and R500 and promising to return in 14 months to buy the seeds, flowers, bark and leaves to make oil.

He said the department believed the people behind the scam wanted to cash in on the hype around "going green".

  • kingv - 2011-10-06 22:37

    hahaha..there's one born every minute

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-07 06:47

      Yep... you will ALWAYS find ONE....

  • RACINGCAT - 2011-10-07 06:31

    I have a few rocks in my back yard that are used to produce Diesel fuel I just need money to buy the pumps...

  • legalize_zol - 2011-10-07 11:06

    I think their bark is worse than their bite.

  • letsdance - 2011-10-07 11:41

    what tossers

  • lawrencemd - 2011-10-13 17:43

    I have seen these guys , they sold 200 000 trees at R 50 to poor communities , even arranging finance at the banks for them Damn tragic

  • nshinga1 - 2011-12-19 12:27

    I have heard about this scam. Aparently its a "white" guy at amanzimtoti. They target the illiterate people.

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