Warning: Know who your employ


The South African Police Service (SAPS) says it is important to have personal details of people you employ, especially for the purposes of an emergency or when a crime is committed.

Basic information on house helpers and gardeners can go a long way in solving crime.

On 1 April 2016, a 14-year-old girl was severely assaulted and raped during a robbery at her home in Bethlehem.

It is alleged that the gardener threatened her and her seven-year-old brother with a pair of scissors. They were assaulted, fastened, and the girl raped. Four cellphones and a laptop were also stolen.

Police are looking for “Suna” Motsamai of Bethlehem who can assist the police with investigating into the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Warrant Officer Rene Nel of Family violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit on 082 854 7546.

Provincial Commissioner, Simon Mpembe, has advised residents to ensure that copies of identity documents and residential addresses of employees or prospective employees are kept.

“Knowing such details can help trace the suspect in the unfortunate event of crime being committed by the employee,” says Mpembe.