Drivers warned to look out at robots

2014-10-02 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG drivers have been warned to be aware of beggars at traffic signals after two incidents of theft and intimidation were reported involving beggars at robots.

On Tuesday between Langalibalele Street and Chief Albert Luthuli Street robots, a motorist was robbed by a beggar while his window was open.

It is believed that the beggar approached the man and asked for money. When the man decided not to give the beggar anything, he stuck his hand inside the car and took the driver’s cellphone and took off.

A similar incident is believed to have occurred on Victoria Road also on Tuesday, when two women waiting at a robot in Victoria Road were left panicky after a beggar banged their vehicle demanding to be given money.

Another resident reported that a beggar at the Victoria Road and Peter Kerchhoff Road robot had stood in front of a car, not allowing the car to move until he had been given money.

Both incidents on Tuesday were reported to the police and Safe City.

According to police communications officer Colonel Jay Naicker, a case of common robbery is being investigated by Pietermaritzburg SAPS.

Safe City’s general manager, Lucas Holtzhausen, said a SMS from a complainant was received by Safe City. “We always appeal to motorists to keep their doors and windows locked at all times when approaching robots. Beggars must not be entertained. If a person feels a need to give them money, they must rather give the money to organisations supporting homeless people,” he said.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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