Cape Town – Members of a local stokvel under Mankweng policing area were on Saturday, accosted by two armed suspects and robbed of R60 000-00 cash on Saturday.
In a statement, police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the stokvel members had gathered at the premises of one of their members in Tshware village when the incident occurred.
“At about 10.30am, before they could share their monthly contributions, two suspects appeared and ordered everyone to lie down. They then took all the money and before they fled the scene, they locked all of them (stokvel members) into one of the rooms,” said Ledwaba.
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Provincial commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has cautioned community members and business owners, to refrain from carrying large amounts of money, or to share stokvel money in hard cash.
“We often receive reports like this, where stokvel members withdraw large amounts of money and proceed to the house of one of the members to share it, especially during this time of the year. This method obviously attracts criminals.
“Stokvel members are advised to make use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) which minimises crimes of this nature,” Hadebe said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe