Neslpruit — Two spurious Eskom employees, Jonas Tshabalala (44) and Samuel Tsotetsi (39), appeared before the Balfour Magistrate's Court today, after they were busted for robbing an elderly man at his home yesterday.
The duo allegedly impersonated Eskom employees and went into a house of a 77-year-old elderly man at Siyathemba in Balfour claiming to check electricity meter boxes. They checked the meter box and told the elderly man that he fiddled with it. They then demanded a sum of R500 however he told them that he had no cash with him at the time. They threatened to remove the meter box if they did not receive the cash they wanted.
The elderly man went to his neighbours to seek assistance and they accompanied him back to his house. When they arrived at the house, they discovered that the duo had helped themselves with groceries, a cellphone before fleeing the scene and police were then summoned to the scene. The suspects were later spotted by community members wherein police were called and the suspects were arrested.
Tshabalala and Tsotetsi, who are facing a charge of house robbery, were remanded in custody until 30 March 2017, pending further investigation.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, applauds the Balfour community members for handing the suspects over to the police without taking the law into their own hands. He also warns the community to be attentive and not to fall victims to scams such as this.