The Nomzamo Neighbourhood Watch assisted in recovering stolen chairs after three church congregations in Mlungisi were allegedly burgled last week.
Speaking to The Rep, neighbourhood watch leader Andile Zondi said the act, which had become a trend among criminals in the area, started two weeks ago when The Church of God and Saints of Christ in Khayelitsha was broken into and the perpetrators got away with 18 chairs. “We were informed by a neighbour that six chairs were thrown into her yard. Last week, another church was burgled and seven chairs and curtains were stolen. A recent case was at the Seventh Day Adventist Church here in Nomzamo and more than 50 chairs were stolen. We got a lead from one of the residents about chairs being sold in the area. We managed to discover some of the chairs at a shop owned by a foreign national. We also found the perpetrator who then revealed the whereabouts of the other stolen chairs.”
Zondi said 34 chairs were found, with some believed to have been sold to people at the Hewu taxi rank. “People must refrain from buying stolen items. One can easily spot a thief. Whenever someone tries to sell you something always ensure there are supporting documents or proof of ownership because buying stolen items has repercussions. I earnestly want to warn people about this .”
Zondi also shed some light on recent incidents where a 12-year-old boy was used to break into residential households. “This young boy is turned into a criminal and is being used by the older boys to break into people’s houses. We received a report from a local that this boy had entered through a window and had opened the door for the older boys to steal household items including a plasma screen TV. We appeal to people to be vigilant and ensure doors and windows are properly locked.”
Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni said the police were not aware of the cases as there were no reports made. “Police appeal to the community to report any criminal activity that has occurred in their areas for investigation.”