Po­lice warn pub­lic against scams

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THE pub­lic must be vig­i­lant about fraud­sters and on the alert so as not to fall vic­tim to scams.

This was the warn­ing from Mtu­batuba SAPS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Jus­tice Hlabisa.

‘There are many types of fraud, and the pub­lic is warned against re­spond­ing to any ad­verts where they are asked to send in money be­fore re­ceiv­ing any­thing.’

He also cau­tioned the pub­lic about overus­ing the SAPS to get doc­u­ments cer­ti­fied, but that they should rather get this done at the post of­fice or Home Af­fairs.

‘Po­lice of­fi­cers need to be out on the streets fight­ing and pre­vent­ing crime, keep­ing our ci­ti­zens safe.’

Dur­ing a re­cent phone-in pro­gramme at a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion, call­ers raised con­cerns about the lo­cal branch of Isikhebe, a vig­i­lante group ac­tive in the area.

Cap­tain Hlabisa clearly ex­plained that no one is above the law.

‘Kid­nap­ping and tor­ture are against the con­sti­tu­tion and if any­one wit­nesses or ex­pe­ri­ences this, they must im­me­di­ately re­port it to the po­lice.

‘Tra­di­tional struc­tures and ward coun­cil­lors must en­sure their wards are safe and if there is not enough vis­i­ble polic­ing, they must re­port this to the po­lice sta­tion.’

He also spoke about the var­i­ous school vis­its un­der­taken by Mtu­batuba po­lice of­fi­cers, where they par­tic­i­pate in school safety pro­grammes in an at­tempt to root out drugs and weapons.

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