HE CLAIMED to be a man of God. With a Bible and hymn book in hand, he almost looked the part.
So when “Pastor Samuel from the Methodist Church” asked taximan Dlezakhe Mtshali (62) to borrow his taxi and driver, he agreed.
But then the smooth-talking con man convinced the driver to go and get an affidavit at the cop shop and when he returned, the taxi and the fake pastor were gone!
The 16 seater Siyaya was stolen on 26 June.
Dlezakhe told Daily Sun: “The man came to my house and introduced himself as Pastor Samuel.
“He said he needed transport to fetch tourists from Rosebank to introduce them to his church members.
“He said he would later take the tourists to the famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto, for a late lunch.
“I gave my son Sibusiso, who’s also a driver, the go ahead to take the pastor to Rosebank.
“Sibusiso (30) told me that they first went to the garage to fill up with petrol, and that the pastor then went to buy airtime and made some calls,” said Dlezakhe.
He said Samuel then asked his son to drive to Rosebank cop shop to get an affidavit that he would be transporting tourists in case an accident occurred. Sibusiso drove to the cop shop but when he returned 30 minutes later, the taxi was gone!
“I am shocked. I didn’t suspect a thing. He seemed like a genuine and respectable man,” Sibusiso said.
“I feel like I have failed my family. I don’t work and I drove the taxi to bring some money home. My mum is more stressed because she convinced my dad to help the ‘man of God’.”
Dlezakhe said he is a pensioner and that his taxi helped the family a lot.
“I don’t know how we’re going to survive. I only had one taxi,” he said.
Warrant Officer Richard Munyai from Rosebank Police Station confirmed a case of motor vehicle theft was opened.
“No arrests have been made,” said Munyai.