It’s ‘silly season’ be vigilant

2018-12-06 06:01

THE police in Uitenhage issued a warning to stokvel members and business owners against carrying large sums of cash. This comes after a man was shot on Monday morning, after he tried to stop a bag snatcher.

“At around 10:00 on Monday, a 28-year-old woman was walking in Rich Street, Uitenhage, when an unknown man snatched her bag and ran away,” said police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart

“A passerby who witnessed the incident gave chase and tried to overpower the suspect, but was shot. It is believed that a second suspect, armed with a firearm accosted the two while they were tussling over the bag. He wounded the 32-year-old man who tried to help.”

The two suspects ran away with the bag full of cash.

The injured victim was taken to hospital. Police are investigating a case of robbery with aggravating circumstances and attempted murder.

“At this stage, it is believed that four suspects were involved and are still at large,” said Captain Swart.

This incident happened a day after two suspects robbed a group of 10 stokvel owners who were busy counting stokvel money at a residential premises in Matanzima Road, KwaNobuhle.

The police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

“As people are getting ready to take a much-needed break this festive season, the police appeal to stokvel owners to arrange that club’s payouts are done electronically.

“Don’t advertise the fact that payouts will be done, limit the sharing of payout dates or times as this will increase the risk,” said Captain Swart.

Police also want to warn business owners to bank regularly. 

“We will be intensifying our police visibility and strengthening our partnership with the community in the fight against crime during this period,” said acting Cluster Commander of Uitenhage, Brigadier Ronald Koll. Brigadier Koll also appealed to business owners, home owners and security companies to be more vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately to their local police station.

Brigadier Koll also pleaded with the business community to beef up their security at their respective businesses and to make use of drop safes and to alter their days and ways of banking. 

Anyone who might be able to assist with any information, may contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Wouter Verwey on 084 846 2273 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

-REPORTER

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