JOHANNESBURG – A Limpopo couple and their accomplices have been arrested for orchestrating a robbery of Stockvel money in Bolubedu, outside Tzaneen when participants were about to share it.
Police pounced on the group of four in a house following the robbery that left one of the stockvel members injured. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the four suspects aged between 29 and 48 were found in possession of a 9mm licenced firearm belonging to the 48-year-old house owner, three cell phones, one magazine and six ammunition.
“These suspects will appear before the Bolobedu Magistrate Court soon on various charges ranging from house robbery, perjury and Possession of firearm and ammunition without a licence,” he said.
It is alleged that on Sunday, a group of 45 women gathered at Ga-Seaphole village in the Mokwakwaila Policing area of Bolobedu outside Tzaneen to share their collected cash of money. During this sharing process inside the locked house, two armed suspects pounced on them.
“They demanded money and started shooting randomly, injuring one of them and subsequently a large amount of money was robbed before they fled the scene. The injured woman was immediately taken to hospital where she was still recuperating with serious gunshots wounds throughout her body,” said Ngoepe.
There was another incident in the Mecklenburg Policing area outside Burgersfort where a group of armed suspects broke into a house and robbed the occupants of money they had received from their stockvel.
As the festive season enters its exciting phase and people go on leave, police have appealed to those people that will be sharing stockvel monies to be extra vigilant and should try to use EFT’s to send money.
“As the Police, we have made this earnest call throughout this year and re-iterated it since the beginning of this festive period as part of our ongoing crime awareness campaigns but some of our communities continue to ignore it. This ignorance might have given birth to the scourge of these incidents of robberies in the Tzaneen and Burgersfort Clusters in recent days,” said Ngoepe.