Police are searching for a suspect from Inadi, near Pietermaritzburg, who is alleged to have stolen more than R25 000 in stokvel money from the Sizanani Club.
Inspector Joey Jeevan said police are looking for a 32-year-old woman who has been accused by the stokvel club members of defrauding them of money that was supposed to have been deposited in the bank.
Sizanani Club member Thulile Ndlovu told The Witness that a woman called Khanyisile Ngubo had been sent to deposit the club’s money every month since February last year, and to their surprise when they went to withdraw the money in December, there were no funds available.
Ndlovu said that on December 14, 2007, she was supposed to accompany Ngubo to the bank to withdraw their savings, but Ngubo insisted that she would go to the clinic first and then to the bank, and then call Ndlovu to come with her to withdraw the money.
“I waited the whole day for her call, but she never phoned. We then went to her house the same evening to inquire why she never pitched up. We were told by her mother that she had not returned from the clinic,” Ndlovu said.
She added that other members suspect she was using the money for herself and when the time came for allocations she vanished.
Another stokvel member, pensioner Bongiwe Bhengu, said she was going to build a rondavel, but because of the theft she hasn’t been able to do so. Bhengu said another member was supposed to use the money for her wedding in December, but battled to have a decent wedding.
“This girl appeared to be so trustworthy and I never thought that she would do something so drastic. I almost fainted when the bank showed us a statement that revealed that no money had been deposited since February last year,” she said, adding that the club has 20 members, who contributed R100 for the first six months and R200 for the six remaining months of the year.
SAPS Midlands appeals to anyone with information regarding Khanyisile Ngubo’s whereabouts to contact Inspector Justene Groenewald of Plessislaer Police Station on 033 398 9752.