This Cape Flats mother was shocked to find her car broken into after visiting a prisoner in jail.
Even worse, when she got home, someone had burgled her house.
Jasmine Williams-Ebrahim, 59, believes the same crew is responsible for both the break-ins.
She says on September 18, she and a friend were at Pollsmoor Prison in Tokai to visit an inmate.
When they came out, some five hours later, her friend’s 4×4 was broken into, and Jasmine’s cellphone and house keys were missing.
Jasmine of Wynberg says she left her bag which contained her cellphone, keys and diary in the boot, preferring not to use the jail lockers.
She says they arrived at Pollsmoor at 6.45am, passing by a guarded gate.
“I was accompanying my friend and her daughter, giving her moral support while she visited her brother [who has been jailed for murder],” says Jasmine.
“When we left the prison after 1pm, we heard a beeping sound at the vehicle and the daughter pointed out that a hole had been made at the driver’s key hole.
“When we checked the boot, we saw my handbag, keys and cellphone were missing and the daughter’s pair of shoes.
“When we approached the wardens, they said four cellphones went missing from cars before that and showed me a noticeboard which said we are parking at our own risk.”
Jasmine was in for another shock when she arrived at her flat in Wynberg to find her home looted.
She says goods worth more than R50 000, including clothing, jewellery, crockery and shoes were stolen.
“The lock was intact but as I walked upstairs, the clothing cupboards were empty, jewellery boxes, with jewels over R15 000, were empty. Pre-wedding gifts I bought for my son valued at R25 000 was gone,” she explains.
Jasmine is convinced a crime syndicate is operating at Pollsmoor.
Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the burglary at Jasmine’s house and said no arrests have been made.
Correctional Services spokesperson, Simphiwe Xako says they are aware of the incident.
“We have two parking areas, one which is open to the public and the other which is behind gates,” he says.
“We are aware of the incident and we have told people that parking in this space which is outside our perimeter that they park at their own risk as there is a noticeboard.”
“We are looking into having CCTV but that is in the future.”’