The police together with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) also known as the Hawks, are seeking assistance from the public to locate a woman who is alleged to have scammed unsuspecting investors for an accumulative amount of approximately R10 million.
“It is alleged that from June 2019 to date, Swereen Govender lured family and friends to invest in her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) business by promising lucrative dividends in return,” explains Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo.
Further investigation revealed that Govender initially payed minimum dividends to investors and then completely stopped at a later stage and she has allegedly been lying to her investors that she cannot be contacted as she has been placed in a witness protection programme.
Multiple cases have been registered at various police stations in Gauteng which are now referred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Germiston for further investigation.
The investigation team further revealed that Govender created fraudulent suppliers’ certificates from different government departments for PPE’s.
Govender has since been positively linked and is wanted on these fraud cases in Gauteng some of which cases she is alleged to have taken people’s life savings, retirement and disability pensions, etc., leaving these people absolutely destitute.
“People are reminded to be extremely cautious when investing money with individuals. If an offer appears too good to be true, know that it probably is and one should rather consider investing one’s capital with long standing reputable investment companies,,” said Brigadier Naidoo.
A warrant has been issued for Ms Govender’s arrest and the investigation team circulated her on the local and international movement control system.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ms Govender or anyone who has fallen prey to Govender’s scam are urged to come forward with information to the investigating officer, Captain John Marepa on 082 822 6351.
“Anyone caught harbouring Ms Swereen Govender must know that this is a criminal offence,” warned Brigadier Naidoo.