Watch out for beggar criminals, Joburg cop warns after rape

2016-07-28 09:07
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - A Bedfordview police officer has told residents not to support beggars in the area after two were apprehended for separate violent incidents in the past week.

Criminals posing as beggars were behind a recent spate of violent crimes at intersections in the area, Warrant Officer Mduduzi Nhlabathi told News24 on Wednesday.

Two beggars were arrested last week following the rape of a 17-year-old girl and the stabbing of a woman in Boeing Road West.

“We’ve got a prima facie case against the two, which gives us an indication that not all our crimes are coming from elsewhere. I am saying it is only some beggars, not all of them."

Nhlabathi urged locals and motorists to be cautious.

"They pretend to be paraplegic, they pretend that they’re looking for assistance, but they’re actually looking inside the cars. I’ve had quite a few that I’ve had in my area, and women are targeted especially.

"Some of them are just vagrants sleeping in the street. But criminal activity can always arise."

The Bedfordview & Edenvale News reported Nhlabathi as saying that motorists who support beggars were accomplices to their crimes.

Nhlabathi however distanced himself from those comments when News24 asked him about them.

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