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2021/10/19      |  Written By:  Captain P NGWANE   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

TONGAAT: 15 October 2021 – SAPS Tongaat Police are concerned about a few reports that have been received recently about members of the public being robbed at Tongaat CBD.  As a result Police conducted foot patrol conducting stop-and- search in the area under the leadership of SAPS Tongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley and managed to arrest a 31-year-old male for possession of dangerous weapons and Heroine drugs in Tongaat CBD. He was detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells and is expected to appear before the Verulam Magistrate Court on Monday 2021-10-18.

In another incident on Friday 2021-10-15, a 30-year-old male appeared before the Verulam Magistrate Court for Common Robbery in the Tongaat CBD. It is alleged that the suspect has been involved in a number of common robbery cases reported in Tongaat CBD. Police received information from the concerned members of the public and a sting operation was conducted that led to the arrest of the suspect. The alleged suspect has been linked to other cases that he committed in Tongaat CBD and was remanded in police custody pending investigation.

We therefore urge members of the community to protect themselves and reduce the risk of becoming victims by applying the tips below:

 - Carry as little cash as possible.

- Consider the convenience of paying your accounts electronically (consult your bank to find out about other available options).

- Consider making use of cell phone banking or internet transfers or ATMs to do your banking.

- Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you.

- Vary the days and times on which you deposit cash.

- Do not openly display the money you are depositing while you are standing in the bank queue.

- Avoid carrying moneybags, briefcases or openly displaying your deposit receipt book.

- It is advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognisable or detected.

- If the amount of cash you are regularly depositing is increasing as your business grows, consider using the services of a cash management company.

- Refrain from giving wages to your contract or casual labourers in full view of the public; rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank.

- Consider arranging for electronic transfers of wages to contract or casual labourers’ personal bank accounts.

SAPS Tongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley has applauded the police for their persistent efforts in fighting crime in the area and making arrests and the recoveries. She also expressed her gratitude and appreciation about the positive and enthusiastic support of our communities.  She further acknowledged that without the support of our communities and other stakeholders in the law enforcement environment, we could not have come this far.  

During this period a number of police officers are on the ground so as to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of the public within the SAPS Tongaat area.