Bogus cops steal R5?600 stokvel money from city woman

2010-04-17 00:00

A KWAMPUMUZA woman was robbed of R5 600, abducted and dumped in the Ashburton area on Tuesday morning, allegedly by three men who pretended to be police officers.

Eunice Zondi and a young colleague had apparently withdrawn R5 600 of stokvel money from an FNB branch in Market Square. The money was a payment to other stokvel members.

She said after they had withdrawn the money, they left on foot and headed towards the Selgro Centre, which is where they were robbed.

“While we were walking down the steps at Selgro Centre, a pile of money flew over our heads and landed in front of us.”

She said a girl then appeared from nowhere and claimed the money as her lucky find. A moment later, three men, who claimed to be police officers, pulled up in a car in front of them and bundled the woman, her colleague and the girl who “found” the money into the car.

“They told us that they were police officers and the money the girl had just picked up was stolen from an Indian man at a bank.”

Zondi said the girl pretended to be travelling with them so the “police” bundled all three of them into their car and drove off.

“Despite our protest, they accused us of being accomplices and they took all three of us.”

She said that in the car, the men claimed they were taking them to the police station, and they demanded the money she was carrying. She said they took the money and put it in a brown envelope.

“They drove us to the Spar in Ashburton and told us to get out of the car and wait for them there.”

She said the men returned the envelope, but when she checked for the money they found only Lotto scratch cards.

Zondi said she believes that someone who knew she had withdrawn money had followed her from her bank to rob her.

She said the incident has caused great friction between her and her stokvel members, who are demanding their money.

“They do not believe that I was robbed and have said that since the money never reached their hands, I should reimburse them.”

 

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