AS THE year is nearing its end, stokvel groups are looking forward to sharing their saved money so they can have a good time with their families this festive season.
But tsotsis are looking for ways to grab cash that’s not theirs.
On Thursday afternoon a stokvel group of seven from Ekuvukeni, near Ladysmith in KZN, lost R38 000 when thugs stormed the house where they were dividing their hard-earned money.
Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane has warned stokvel groups to be vigilant when dealing with large sums of cash.
“Three unknown armed suspects entered the house and demanded cash.
“They took R38 000 and five cellphones and ran away. No one was injured.
“A case of house robbery was opened by Ekuvukeni police for investigation,” he said.
KZN police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni condemned the robbery.
“We would like to warn all stokvel members to take extra precaution during the festive season.
“People must not withdraw large amounts of cash from the bank.
“It’s safer to arrange with the bank to deposit each stokvel member’s money into their bank account,” she said.