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Couple robbed of 1,150kgs of gold, R29 000 & USD1 000 cash

Couple robbed of 1,150kgs of gold, R29 000 & USD1 000 cash

Armed Robbery

A Kezi couple was yesterday robbed of ZAR29 000 and USD1 000 cash, 1,150kgs of gold bullion.

According to the Police an investigation is currently underway after an Armed Robbery which occurred on 14/01/22 at Maphisa, Kezi, Matabeleland South in which six unknown male adults who were armed with an AK47 rifle, a 9mm star pistol and an okapi knife pounced at the couple’s house and robbed them of their ZAR29 000 and USD1 000 cash, 1,150kgs of gold bullion valued at USD78 280, a 9mm pistol and a Toyota Wish motor vehicle.

The suspects went on to kidnap the victims’ employee, a man, aged 25, whom they later dumped in the stolen motor vehicle in Bulawayo.

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Keeping safe

Retired Chief Inspector Elia Sungiso said that criminals targeting mines or miners are not prophets. They are fed with information from within for them to strike. Their modus operandi is they get tipped on mining claims performing well and they ask for names for easy access to the target site. Suspects in such cases are usually disgruntled workers working at target mines who will, in turn, be given a “cut” (share of the loot). It is highly advisable that mine owners vet their workers and pay decent wages. They should also inform workers on the dangers and risks of discussing mine performance out­side the work zone.

However, tips can come from anyone within the miner’s circles.

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