Tree scam in KwaZulu-Natal
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".