By Angie Nkuna
Giyani- Gazankulu Liberation Congress (GLC), has released a statement on the ongoing and growing number of house breaking crimes in Giyani town and its surrounding villages.
GLC General Secretary, Thembani Chabane says the communities of Greater Giyani Municipality are under a serious threat.
“There is an organised clique of Zimbabwean gangsters who are illegal Immigrants terrorising our communities at night.
“They break into houses targeting items such as Plasma TVs, laptops, Cell phones, guns, money and other portable devices. They normally break in between 01:00 and 03:30AM.
“These thugs are heavily armed with an assortment of guns and very dangerous. They use chemicals that will make you fall asleep like you are dead.
“You will only notice the disaster has struck early in the morning.
“They target about 20 households in an area per night.
“On Sunday night 05 August 2018 they were able to steal about 13 Plasma TVs in different houses at Skhunyani Village and then again returned for their second stint on (Tuesday 7th August), break into 16 houses and stole again.
“We have been told that the Kremetart, Nhlaniki, Dingamazi, Shimange, Ngobe, Siyandhani and Ndhengeza communities have experienced this organised crime in the last three weeks.
“Our families are no longer safe in our own houses.
“We strongly encourage neighbours to form street committees that will monitor the movements around their area.
“All community members must affiliate to a Sector Policing Community Policing Forum.
“We strongly encourage residents to advise our Youth into taking part in this activity aimed at preventing crime.
“Call SAPS on 086 00 10111 or Nearest police Station.
“GLC has organised a Community Safety General Meeting planned to take place on Sunday 12 August 2018 at Giyani Community Hall @17H00 or 5pm.
“Let’s share this message and help keep others stay alert.
“We must defend our properties and safeguard our lives against attack by criminals”, concluded Chabane.
Giyani SAPS weren’t immediately reached for a comment.