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Police warn stokvels after armed men rob group of 25 women in Addo

Jul 10, 2018
Police warn stokvels after armed men rob group of 25 women in Addo

Police in Addo are warning stokvels members to take extra precautions when conducting their financial transactions. This warning came after three men robbed members of a stokvel a large sum of money in Addo on Sunday.

"At around 4pm, it is alleged that three men armed firearms stormed into a house in Kolosa Street, Nomathansanqa area in Addo," said  police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"The three men held 25 stokvel members at gunpoint. Suspects stole victims cell phones, a large sum of money and then locked the house doors before fleeing the scene."

He said that the 25 members, all women, managed to open a kitchen door and then contacted the police.

"Police are investigating a case of house robbery. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the nearest police station or to share information via Crime Stop 08600 10111." 

Uitenhage Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll said: "We would like to warn members of stokvels or savings clubs to revisit their strategies and methods in handling  these large amounts of cash".