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Suspects cut through the roof to gain entrance to the Elim Mall's PEP Cell Store. Photo: Thembi Siaga.

Elim Mall continues to be prime target of burglars

 

Suspects allegedly cut through the roof at Elim Mall to gain access to one of the major stores, PEP Cell, on Friday, 19 April. The thieves stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones. This robbery occurred just three months after the Total Sports store at the mall was robbed of 16 pairs of shoes, 56 cellphones, and other items such as school bags.

The robberies at the mall have left shoppers with many unanswered questions regarding the effectiveness of mall security. One shopper, who spoke to Limpopo Mirror on condition of anonymity, expressed concerns that the robbers seem to target specific shops that rely on mall security.

Patrick Mashau, chairperson of the Elim Community Structure, said mall security should focus on protecting the mall and shoppers rather than simply signing slips. “We have been urging mall management for too long to hire tighter security to protect both the mall and its shoppers. We will again write a letter to request a meeting with [the] mall management because it seems they are taking the situation for granted. We are deeply concerned about the numerous robberies occurring at the mall,” Mashau said.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brig Hlulani Mashaba confirmed the incident. “The police were notified about the incident at approximately 07:00 on Friday morning when the manager reported for duty. Police have opened a case of business burglary, and investigations are ongoing,” said Mashaba.

Anyone with information that could lead to the apprehension of the suspects is urged to contact the police on the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or to use the MySAPSApp.

 

 

Date:27 April 2024

By: Thembi Siaga

Thembi Siaga started as an intern during 2021. He assisted with video photography and editing. He also produced numerous small documentaries, focusing on the Vhembe region and its people. Currently he works as a freelance journalist, covering stories in the Elim area.

Thembi studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he completed his diploma in Journalism in 2021.

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