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Police warn stokvels after JBay stokvel 'treasurer' squanders members' contributions

Dec 19, 2018
Police warn stokvels after JBay stokvel 'treasurer' squanders members' contributions

Jeffreys Bay police have warned local stokvel members to use electronic banking methods or to individually deposit their monthly contributions to the club account instead of giving a club treasurer or one member to deposit collected contributions at once.

"This follows an incident where police nabbed a 38-year-old woman - a stokvel member, for theft at Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday," said police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"It is believed that a suspect failed to deposit monthly members' contributions into the club account for a year."

On Friday, at around 22:00, one of the stokvel club members in Jeffreys Bay opened a case of theft after he and other members realised that the stokvel treasurer did not do any deposit transactions into the club account for the past eleven months.

"The missing amount is estimated to be around R91 690," Capt Nkohli said.

"The case of theft opened raised an interesting dimension into the investigation of a missing person - a 38-year-old suspect, that was initially reported on Tuesday, 11 December 2018, by the suspect's husband."

Suspect handed herself over to Graaff Reinet police over missing stokvel monies

He said that on Monday, a 38-year-old suspect reported at Graaff Reinet police station, where she gave reasons for her questionable 'disappearance'.

"On Wednesday, at around 7am, police arrested the 38-year-old woman. She is due to appear at the Humansdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of theft."

Humansdorp SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok, said; "Stokvel club members are advised to visit their banks and be taught on how to utilise available electronic banking services so as to avoid similar incidents of cash crimes, such as theft and robberies."

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