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2017-12-06 06:00

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SAPS offers timely advice to stokvel clubs ahead of the festive season so they do not lose their hard-earned money to criminals.

Stokvel-related robberies and thefts are most prevalent from this time of the year and we advise stokvel clubs to be proactive and adopt reasonable measures to safeguard their money.

Captain Linzi Smith said: “Instead of withdrawing large amounts of cash from the banks to pay out money to their members they should rather transfer the money into their members’ bank accounts.

“Those members who do not have bank accounts should be encouraged to open them. Clubs that have to pay cash to their members, a practice which is inadvisable, should ensure that they have a secure venue with adequate safety measures in place when dividing and paying members their share of the year’s savings.

“Stokvel clubs can also request their local police to patrol the vicinity of the venue where they are to make payments to their members as this would deter criminal elements.

“Stokvel club members should be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard their money when making withdrawals at the ATMs.

“They should not withdraw large amounts of money, especially after hours when the streets are quiet and criminals are likely to be lurking around - rather use an ATM at a shopping malls during business hours when it is safer or where there are security officials on duty,” she added.

- Supplied.

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