A BULAWAYO driving school operator Thomas Machezero is allegedly conning clients of their money by claiming to issue them with genuine drivers’ licences without undergoing a driving test.
Machezero runs Genuine Driving School and is allegedly being protected in the scam by a senior police officer who dismisses complaints from duped clients.
Complainants are reportedly reluctant to follow their cases up for fear of being charged as accomplices.
Most of the unsuspecting victims, who would have completed driving lessons with Genuine Driving School, are told by Machezero that they can avoid the hassles of going through a road test if they paid him $350 to share with officers at the Vehicle Inspection Department.
In September 2013, Machezero “tricked” a journalist who was investigating the scam.
The journalist, Pamenus Tuso, has since taken the matter up with the police, leading to Machezero’s arrest.
Tuso said Machezero phoned a senior police officer (name supplied) after his arrest alerting him of the development.
Machezero later signed an affidavit at the Bulawayo Central Police Station, a copy of which Southern Eye is in possession of, promising to pay back money he said he owed the journalist.
Machezero has still not paid the money as per agreement and when Tuso phoned him to inquire why he had breached the payment arrangement, he told him that he had failed to raise the cash and would the officer-in-charge of the Bulawayo Central Police Station to explain his position.
“I will pay him very soon,” Machezero said.