They came in, telling the old man that they were working for the power utility before disappearing with his R500.
Two men, one aged 39 and the other 44, will remain in jail after they were denied bail following their arrest for allegedly robbing an elderly man at his home on Wednesday.
Cops said the two allegedly impersonated Eskom employees and went into a house of the 77 year old man at the Siyathemba township, Balfour in Mpumalanga and told the old man they were there to check electricity meter boxes.
After checking the meter box, they allegedly told the elderly man that he had fiddled with it and demanded R500 from him.
“He told them he had no money,” said police spokesman Sergeant Gerald Sedibe.
“And they threatened to remove the meter box if they did not receive the cash they wanted.
“He then went to his neighbours to ask for help and they accompanied him and when they arrived [back] at the house they also discovered that the two helped themselves to groceries and a cellphone before fleeing the scene”.
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Cops and other community members were alerted about the incident.
The suspects were later arrested by the community members who handed them over to police for further detention.
They face charges of house robbery.
Their case at the Balfour Magistrates Court was postponed to 30 March 2017 for further investigation.
Meanwhile, provincial police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma applauded the community members for arresting and handing the suspects to the police without taking the law into their own hands.
He also warned them to be attentive and not fall victims of scams such as this.
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The only two EFF members of legislature in Mpumalanga were kicked out for Premier Mabuza to begin delivering the state of the province address over MEC’s ‘foreign citizenship’.
The chairman of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Mpumalanga province, Collen Sedibe, says when they came to the legislature on Friday morning to listen to Mabuza’s state of the nation address they didn’t plan to cause any trouble.
But then speaker Thandi Shongwe threw them out forcefully after she could no longer handle the situation.
Provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana had asked the house whether rumours that cops were coming to arrest Sedibe were true and Shongwe guaranteed Skhosana that something like that would not happen within the legislature precinct.
The cops were waiting to arrest Sedibe outside the Mpumalanga legislature in Riverside, Mbombela for fraud emanating from a case of defamation against the speaker a year ago and in which Sedibe was ordered to pay R400 000, which he didn’t.
But a war of words between Skhosana and an ANC MPL resulted in the removal of Skhosana from the legislature.
Sedibe told the SABC’s Ligwalagwala FM later on that he was removed after he raised a question about the alleged foreign citizenship of Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane.
He said Ngomane was born in Mozambique and his being a member of the legislature was contravening of the law as Ngomane never applied for a “naturalisation certificate” and was still registered as a “foreigner” with “many passports and a Mozambique ID book”.
But the ANC has rejected Sedibe’s claims, saying Sedibe hated Ngomane because during the time he was undergoing a disciplinary hearing as an ANC member in 2013 he always claimed he was fired from the ANC by Ngomane.
When Sedibe got kicked out of the legislature, cops took him to the Mbombela police station where he was charged for fraud and released by the Mbombela Magistrates Court on a R1000 bail.
He returns to court on 24 March 2017 for the fraud case.
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