Criminals are on the prowl, particularly during the holiday season, preying on groups of people who withdraw large sums of cash they have been saving since January to share at the end of the year.
In one such incident, members of the stokvel group n Tshware village, Ga- Mamabolo in Makweng Limpopo are the latest victims.
The group was accosted by two armed suspects and robbed of R60 000.00 cash. According to police, this occurred on Saturday after a group had gathered to share the money at one of their member’s houses.
Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the Limpopo Police Spokesperson, said it was around 10h30 am before members could share their monthly contributions when suspects appeared and forced everyone at gunpoint to lie down.
“They then robbed them of all the money and locked everyone in one of the rooms before fleeing the scene,” Col Ledwaba explained.
Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has again cautioned community members and business owners to refrain from carrying a large amount of money or sharing stokvel money in hard cash.
“We often receive reports like this, where 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 attracts criminals. People are advised to make use of electronic funds transfer which minimizes crimes of this nature,” said Lt Gen Hadebe