Police on the trail of robbers and fraudsters

TONGA – Residents of Nkomazi are urged to be extra vigilant over the Easter weekend as thousands of travellers are expected to cross the border.

There have been several serious crime incidents over the past week, the most recent being rape and robbery by men posing as police.

A 51-year-old woman in Block B in Tonga was asleep in her home early Sunday morning when three men knocked on her door. They introduced themselves as police officers and she opened the door.

The suspects immediately assaulted her and demanded money. She gave them all the cash she had, they took groceries and one man raped her before they fled the scene.

A case of house robbery and rape had been opened. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact Col Alex Mahlalane on 082-464-6602.

Community members are also reminded to remain vigilant of the serial rapist that is active in Naas, Block C, Tonga and KaMhlushwa.

The suspect is connected to 26 rape cases over the past four years.

He mostly targets lone women heading home from taverns at night but has been known to attack couples and scare off the men.

Det Lesedi Dladla is the investigating officer and can be contacted on 082-531-9163.

Police also sent out a warning about someone posing as a prophet, after several community members reported theft and fraud involving a false prophet.

In a recent incident, a suspect entered a woman’s home and started prophesising. The woman believed the person and went outside to call someone.

The suspect stole the woman’s Sassa card and several other belongings and fled the scene. A while later the card was used to buy something at a supermarket at Naas Plaza.

No arrests have been made and police are urging anyone with relevant information to come forward.

In Komatipoort, quick action by a victim thwarted an armed robbery on Friday night. Residents arrived home and while their electronic gate was closing, four armed suspects entered the premises.

They held one of the residents at gunpoint and demanded money. Luckily the other person could run to the back of the house and press the panic button. The suspects were spooked, climbed over the fence and fled in a vehicle.

Police are investigating a case of armed robbery.

Retha Nel

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