Kwatsaduza – Residents are urged to be on the look-out for a man, aged between 55-60 years, robbing people of their money and valuables.
It is alleged the Sepedi-speaking man approaches his victims asking for directions and also informing them he is a prophet.
Tsakane police spokesperson Sergeant Lerato Mngomezulu says two victims, who didn’t want to be named, explained to police the suspect, while asking for directions, started to prophesy.
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“The suspect allegedly started telling the victims personal information which will affect their lives.
“He tells them some foreseen dangers and how he can help them,” she says.
It is alleged while the prophet is busy to prophesy, another man who seems interested joins them. This man drives a Hyundai i20.
Mngomezulu says the suspect asked the victims how much money they have in their bank accounts and instructed them to withdraw the money and bring it to him to pray for it.
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“The driver offered to drive the victims to the bank and the road where the rituals were to be performed.
“When the money is brought to the ‘prophet’, he takes the victims to the nearest crossroad and instructs them to walk a few metres away from him to pick up a stone, while the money is in his hands.
“When the victims come back the man gives them the wrapped plastic as if giving them back the money.
“He then instructs them not to open the plastic as the money must be redeposited after one last ritual is performed,” she explains.
Mngomezulu adds this would include praying for sparkling water and the “prophet” would send them to a local supermarket to buy it.
“When the victims came back they could not find the suspect/‘prophet’ and the other man he was with who pretended to be interested in the prophecy part,” she says.
Mngomezulu says if anyone happens to come across the two men with similar stories they must immediately inform the police or call them on 112, from a cellphone, or call Tsakane SAPS on 011 363 5300,” she says.