- Published on Monday, 26 September 2011 14:44
- Written by Nyasha Kadandara
On Thursday 8 September, three UCT students fell prey to a con man, posing as an agent from MTV Base. On that morning, Nokuthula Khumalo was drawn by a general call in Baxter Residences announcing that, if any girls wanted to be part of an MTV Base Promotion, they should meet a man who went by the name of Kally at reception.
Conman Kally informed the girls that the promotion would take place later on that day. He specified that they would need their ID books and laptops for data capturing of VIP guests at the event. He then invited them to breakfast at the V&A Waterfront Mugg & Bean. The purpose of the breakfast was to brief the girls on what they would be expected to do.
During breakfast, Con man Kally claimed that the original girls had pulled out, which is why he chose to approach UCT students. He claimed that he taken part of the Cape Town Fashion Week, among other MTV Base events.
He promised that their compensation would be in the form of R1 200 for the event, and R2 000 worth of shopping at Truworths. The girls were also expected to get their hair done on Strand Street.
Things took a turn for the worst when Kally suggested that in order to save time they should split up. He suggested two of the girls go to the hair salon while the other girls would wait at the restaurant for another friend who was also keen on being part of the promotion. He left the two ladies at the salon, and he left in the taxi, with their laptops and cell phones. After waiting for more than 45mins, the girls at the restaurant realised something was amiss. In an attempt to reconnect with her friends, Khumalo contacted her mother, who then arranged for the Table View Police to assist the girls. They later returned to Baxter Residence to find their friends, and CPS was on site to assist.
The case is currently under investigation at the Rondebosch Police. Conman Kally has posed as a modelling and MTV Base agent, and he targets small groups of women. He is alleged to have executed scams in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
Tafadzwa Makombe, a sub-warden in Baxter Residence, said that all residence receptionists have been warned not to advertise job opportunities unless officially sanctioned. She also said that all wardens had been notified and that CPS was currently still investigating the matter.