A former police officer was yesterday beaten by a mob after giving a client fake money in a botched illegal forex transaction.
The illegal money changer only identified as Kudakwashe told H-Metro that he has been surviving by trading fake notes.
The incident occurred along Sam Nujoma Street.
Kudakwashe’s luck ran out after giving his client believed to be a member of security agencies fake R600.
He was saved from further beating by a passing police officer.
“I gave him fake R600 but I have since returned his United States dollars he gave me,” said Kudakwashe.
“I am sorry for this and I have been doing this as a means of living,” he added begging for mercy from the mob.
Kudakwashe’s victim convinced a police officer to take him to his office along Nelson Mandela Avenue instead of a police station presumably for further bashing.
The victim later returned to the scene.
“Tamusiya uko tazoziva kuti aitombove mupurisa akabudiswa basa,” said the victim refusing to answer further questions.
A number of people have been losing their hard earned money through engaging in illegal foreign currency deals.
Police have been raiding a number of illegal foreign currency dealers but their effort has been failing to weed them off the street corners.