Tsakane – Residents are urged to be on the look-out of a man aged between the ages of 55-60 who robs people of their money and valuables.
It is alleged the man approaches his victims, asks for direction and also tells them he is a prophet.
Tsakane police spokesperson, Sergeant Lerato Mngomezulu, says two victims who didn’t want their identities to be disclosed, told the police the suspect prophesied to them while asking for directions.
“The suspect allegedly started telling the victim about some of the personal information which would affect their life in future.
“He told them some of the foreseen dangers and how he could help them,”she says.
It is alleged that while the prophet was prophesying to the victim, another man who seemed interested, and driving an i20 Hyundai, joined them.
Mngomezulu says the suspect asked the victim how much money they had in their bank accounts, and instructed them to withdraw the money and to bring it to him so that he could pray over it.
“The driver offered to drive the two to the bank along the road where the rituals were performed.
“When the money is brought to him, he takes the victim to the nearest crossroad and instructs them to walk a few metres away from him, and to to pick up a stone while the money is in his hands.
“When the victim comes back, the man gives him back the wrapped plastic as if he is giving them back the money.
“He then instructs them not to open the plastic as the money must be redeposited after one last ritual if 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 victim came back he could not find the suspect/prophet and the his accomplice who pretended to be someone who was interested to the prophecy part,” she says.
Mngomezulu says if anyone happen to come across the two men with similar stories, they must immediately inform the police or call them on 112 on the cellphone or call
Tsakane SAPS on 011 363-5300,” she says.