Fake meter readers rob home

2015-07-29 10:48

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TWO men posing as Msunduzi Municipality meter readers held up the occupants of an Ashburton home at gun-point yesterday before fleeing with valuables.

The incident comes after a flood of complaints from Msunduzi residents about meter readers arriving at people’s properties after 8 pm demanding that they be let in to record the meter readings.

Earlier this month, The Witness reported that the Msunduzi Municipality had begun sending their meter readers to residents’ homes at night due to properties being inaccessible during the day.

Residents complained about the matter citing security concerns as one of the reasons they would not allow entry to meter readers at night.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese said two men had approached an Ashburton home posing as Msunduzi meter readers to gain access to the property.

He said the occupants were held up at gun-point while they were robbed of their television, hi-fi set and other valuables before the robbers escaped in a white bakkie.

“We urge the community to be alert to such cases as this is not the first time an incident like this has happened. No arrests have been made and the matter is still under investigation,” said Ngobese.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that she was shocked to hear of the incident. “We are saddened to hear that people are posing as municipal meter readers to commit crimes. We will be looking at the matter closely and urge people to be vigilant.”

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