By Kaya 959 Reporter
Gauteng police are investigating several cases of theft under false pretences after a gang of fake prophets preyed on people.
Police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele said the group had been targeting students.
“They stop students and start prophesying to them. In one of the cases, a woman was told to bring her and her roommates’ laptops and cell phones. She was taken to a local supermarket where they asked her to buy salt and water. When she returned, the prophet had disappeared,” Mbele said.
He said people should not stop for strangers on the street no matter how convincing they may sound.
“Do not listen or take any spiritual advice from strangers. Genuine prophets will never request your personal belongings on the streets or money,” Mbele warned.
The public is urged to report these crimes to their nearest police station or drop tip-offs on MySAPSApp which can be accessed on any smartphone.
Truck hijacking suspects nabbed
In a separate matter, police in Ekurhuleni arrested two men in Ivory Park. SAPS spokesperson Captain Amanda Van Wyk said the men were found with cell phones, a jamming device and a toy gun.
“According to a preliminary report the suspects may be linked to a truck hijacking incident that took place earlier today on the R572 Road in Olifantsfontein. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon,” she said.
Meanwhile, the body of a Chinese national was found by a passer-by in Dedeur. Zhuang Xiaohe, who lived in Fourways, was last seen at Monte Casino in September.
Police said his body had several stab wounds to the upper body.
“The motive behind the incident is not yet known. A case of murder has been opened at Dedeur police station. Police investigations are continuing,” police spokesperson Captain Mpho Tshetlhane said.