MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
MEDIA CENTRE, EASTERN CAPE
UITENHAGE CLUSTER – Monday, 5 March 2018: The South African Police Service in Despatch arrested a man, aged 38 on Friday, 2 March 2018, who was found in possession of counterfeit money, (R100-notes).
The arrest followed after a local business notified the police about the person trying to transfer money through Money Market. Police are issuing a warning to businesses and residents to be vigilant when handling money as they could fall victim to a counterfeit syndicate which distributes fake notes in the area.
Uitenhage Cluster police spokesperson, Capt Gerda Swart said: “We are appealing to the community, vendors, and businesses to be vigilant as they may fall prey. We urge people to scrutinize all bank notes, from R10 to R200 bills, and to be on the lookout for anything suspicious. The money looks genuine but one must pay more attention to the various security features. It is also advisable to make use of counterfeit detector machines”.
The 38-year-old male suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, 5 March 2018, on a charge of possession of counterfeit money.
Investigations are continuing and we are hoping that more arrests will follow, ultimately resulting in all the counterfeit cash being found and seized as well as the machine that is used to print it.