PMB ‘census’ robbery

2011-10-17 00:00

A SEEMINGLY quiet day for a Scottsville resident who was watering his garden at midday on Friday turned nasty when two men posing as Census 2011 workers robbed him of valuables.

Police told The Witness that Simphiwe Khumalo was in his garden when two men travelling in a black VW Polo with a GP registration plate approached his home.

The men — who appeared to be in their twenties, wore yellow shirts and carried documents — were clearly attempting to pose as census workers.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan told The Witness that Khumalo opened the remote-controlled gate to give them access to the property because he thought they were legitimate census workers.

One of the men produced a firearm on entering the house. The other began to ransack the house.

They forced Khumalo to disconnect electrical appliances so that they could take them. The haul included a television set, a hi-fi and a DVD player.

KZN Statistics South Africa statistical support and informatics manager Helen North was unaware of the incident when The Witness called her yesterday. She said census enumerators carry a census ID that contains a tamper-evident photo.

She urged residents to check the ID in all cases and to call the toll-free call centre at 0800 110 248 (open from 7 am to 10 pm) to obtain details about enumerators in their area.

Census enumerators wear a yellow reflective bib and black Stats SA peak cap. They carry a yellow satchel bag, Census 2011 ID card, official questionnaires and an A3 enumerator booklet with households listed and a map on the front.

They will not be in possession of any “devices”, as has been alleged in a viral e-mail recently.

North said residents can opt to fill in the forms outside their homes or to complete them for collection later, without letting the enumerator into the house.

Beeld reported last week that two robbers posing as census workers held up two men in Johannesburg and stole a firearm, four Krugerrands, R5 000 in cash and a laptop.

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