JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe’s National Housing Minister and MDC MP Fidelis Mhashu who visited South Africa over the weekend was assaulted during an armed robbery.
Mhashu paid businessman and friend Mutumwa Mawere a visit in the posh Bryanston suburb of South Africa.
“They were having supper when a number of men with guns entered the house, tied them up, assaulted them and demanded money,” national police crime intelligence spokesman Tumi Golding said.
The incident took place on Friday night in the posh Bryanston quarter in the north of the city. The robbers came and made off with jewellery, money and electronic goods.
Police in the country criticised the minister for not notifying them of his visit.
“We need to emphasise that it’s protocol to ask for protection from the VIP protection unit,” police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo said.
“We are concerned that he came into this country without following protocol, if any minister comes into the country he must register with the South African government and we will be tasked into protecting him,” Naidoo said.
South Africa has one of the world’s highest crime rates and is struggling to clean up its record before hosting the Football World Cup next year.
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