On 25 December 2016, the Office of the Premier of Bokone Bophirima warned members of the public about an imposter who goes around phoning unsuspecting members of the public, pretending to be Premier Supra Mahumapelo. He allegedly requested money from several people in Gauteng, Bokone Bophirima, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Hawks spokesperson, Rikhotso Tlangelani says they arrested the impersonator in Kuruman The Hawks arrested a man (25) on the 24th of December in Kuruman. He was traced through the phones that he was allegedly using to impersonate the premier. It is said that he has been requesting money to the amount of R1500. The 25-year-old will appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates Court, facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder and intimidation.
This is after he has threatened to bomb the premier’s home when his extortion attempts were unsuccessful. North West government spokesperson Brian Setswambung says the premier has sent a congratulatory message to the Hawks for the speedy arrest following an investigations. We urge community members to keep an eye out for these scams. As there are many going around. Do not be afraid to report a crime if you suspect anything foul. Contact the authorities immediately, we need to get all these con artists off the streets.