A woman believed to be part of a theft syndicate operating in Canal Walk has been arrested.
Milnerton Police are investigating a theft case following the arrest of the mom from Kwa-5 Section in Du Noon on Tuesday.
She was caught red-handed after being identified by an alleged victim at the taxi rank at Century City.
According to a video posted on Facebook, Zukiswa Ntsasa, 41, along with her accomplices approach individuals and offer to sell them goods from the stores of their choice at discounted prices and convince victims to leave behind their belongings while going to choose the items.
On Tuesday, a young woman said she gave her purse with a phone and bank cards to Ntsasa, who had sent her to pick the items she wanted.
When she returned, the suspect was gone but she then spotted her and told people who caught Ntasa and questioned her before handing her over to the police.
In the video, the suspect begs: “Please don’t do this to me, my brother, I can even sell my house,” adding she will leave Cape Town.
One person commented: “I will never forget what they did to me, robbing me of all my belongings while heavily pregnant in 2016. As a result I gave birth before my due date.”
Another person commented: “She robbed a woman who just arrived from the Eastern Cape last month. She took her bag and R8000 cash. She’s heartless.”
SAPS’ FC Van Wyk, confirms Ntsasa was charged with theft under false pretence, and will appear in court on Monday for a bail application.
Vanessa Herbst, marketing manager at Canal Walk says: "We are aware of this kind of scam, but this specific incident was not reported to us. We would urge customers not to partake in any such activity at any store and report any suspicious behaviour to our security department."