Soshanguve cemetery a crime hotspot

The Rietgat police have issued a warning to residents about the increase in crime near the Soshanguve cemetery in Block Y.

A notice had been circulating in the area, warning residents to be vigilant and to avoid using the path through the cemetery as a short cut.

The notice advised residents to avoid the route and encouraged them to rather go in groups whenever they visited the graveyard.

Police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Maluleka, said there had been numerous cases reported of common robberies and rape.

“Quite a number of cases have been opened and we urge residents to remain in safe places and not [opt for] short cuts,” said Maluleka.

Residents said the cemetery was no longer sacred.

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They told Rekord they now lived in fear.

Keabetswe Mogale, a resident from Block Y, said: “We are afraid of going to the cemetery because people are being robbed of their belongings. We fear for our lives. We cannot walk freely anymore. You never know if you will return back home alive.”

Another resident and victim, Thabo Maserumule, said crime had become unbearable in Soshanguve.

“They broke into my car and stole my belongings. It is more dangerous on Sundays because it is usually the day where people are seated at home and the streets are not too busy,” he said.

Maluleka urged residents to contact the police whenever they suspected criminal activities on 012 432 7806 or 10111.

He also said they were keeping a close eye around the area.

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