Theft worrying in Esigodini

2015-04-30 16:39
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Plasma television is one of the items targeted by thieves.

PHOTO: sourced Plasma television is one of the items targeted by thieves.

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HOUSE break-ins and selling stolen goods is a serious crime that has caused members of Esigodini Community Policing (CPF) Forum to become investigative officers. Every night members of this area are on a mission of searching houses of residents accused of stealing and buying stolen goods. If these items are recovered they are returned to the legitimate owners.

The chairperson of the CPF Mduduzi Majola told Echo they are investigating a number of cases of theft in the area.

“One of the targeted items is plasma televisions which are then sold cheaply. We have now become our own investigative officers to fight against this barbaric behaviour that has become a trend. As we speak we have cases that have been reported by community members who have been victims of doing this. It is known by every individual that people who commit these crimes are the whoonga addicts. It is people who are known in the community, but what is disappointing is that the same residents with the knowledge of what is going on buy stolen goods from these thieves.

“We urge the community to stop contributing to these crimes by buying stolen goods. They must report these people to the police so that they are arrested,” said Majola.

Other areas that are faced by similar situations are Nhlazatshe, Ecabazini and Shayamoya. All these areas fall under Greater Edendale.

Ward 12 councillor Sboniso Majola said he is aware of the cases of house break-ins and the purchasing of stolen goods. He urged the community to report theft to the police and to the structures within their areas.

“Parents and everyone in the area must know that this affects every individual. People must stop taking part in these crimes by buying stolen goods. Parents at home must play their role. The thing with whoonga is that it is sold at homes and in the presence of parents. They are aware of it, but play dumb and support that behaviour. It’s up to the community to fight against this,” said the councillor.

The CPF chairperson warned that the community members should be aware of mugging in the early hours of the morning and in the afternoon, especially in dark areas in the Esigodini area

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