Two brothers scammed and killed in Gqeberha 

By Anita Dangazele

Two Gqeberha brothers were the victims of a social media scam which cost them their lives on Saturday. 

The two brothers, 19-year old Aaron and 30-year-old Kyle Alberts, spotted an advert for a television set on Facebook marketplace and responded to it. 

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said the two brothers were lured to a house in Motherwell under false pretences, robbed of their cellphones and vehicle, and then tragically shot to death.

“The brothers went to a house in Ceru Street, NU 5 in Motherwell and were informed that no such ad was placed, and the occupants of the house had no knowledge of any sale.

“While still at the address, they were approached by two suspects who shot and robbed them. The bakkie was recovered not far from the crime scene,” Naidu said.

She said the Serious and Violent Crime Investigation Unit in Gqeberha is investigating the case.

Naidu said the public is urged to exercise caution and diligence when using social media platforms to make purchases.

“Verify the credibility of sellers, conduct transactions in safe locations, and consider involving law enforcement if there are any suspicions,” she said. 

District commissioner, Major-General Vuyisile Ncata advised the public “never to tread on unfamiliar territory.”

He said there are hotspot danger zones which should be avoided.

Police are appealing to anyone who can assist in tracing the killers to contact Detective Captain Monde Sithole on 082 457 2812 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or the nearest police station.

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