E49 000 STOLEN FROM STOKVEL

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Sizwe Dlamini

ABOUT E49 000 has been stolen from a stokvel at Nsang­wini in broad day­light.

The stokvel had 40 mem­bers, who each man­aged to save more than E100 for 11months.

Mem­bers were hop­ing to use the money around this time to buy gro­ceries for their fam­i­lies. The money was stolen from a cer­tain homestead at Nsang­wini on Tues­day.

Due to the fact that po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, this pub­li­ca­tion has with­held the name of the fam­ily that was robbed of the sav­ings.

Avoided

Po­lice said the rob­bery could have been avoided had the stokvel saved the money in a bank and not in the homestead.

“This rob­bery oc­curred dur­ing the day when there was no one in the said homestead. The crim­i­nals gained ac­cess to the home through a widow, searched around the home and found the money that was con­cealed in the mas­ter bed­room. The crim­i­nals then va­cated the home. When the home own­ers re­turned, they dis­cov­ered that the money had been stolen,” they said.

The po­lice ad­vised lo­cals against keep­ing large sums of money in­side their homes.

“It’s the fes­tive sea­son and crim­i­nals are at their most ac­tive, we are ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to stop giv­ing crim­i­nals the op­por­tu­nity to com­mit crimes. Now some peo­ple at Nsang­wini will have an un­pleas­ant Christ­mas,” the po­lice PRO depart­ment said.

Deputy Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer In­spec­tor Nosipho Mn­guni con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

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