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Armed gang raids home: Robbers fire shots, loot $7 800, R2k from C/Park

By Whinsley Masara

Three masked, gun-wielding robbers raided a suspected usiphatheleni as she arrived at her home in Bulawayo on Thursday night, seizing $7 800 and R2 000 after firing two shots into the air.

Miss Thembelani Tshuma shows where she was injured during the assault
Miss Thembelani Tshuma shows where she was injured during the assault

The trio pounced as an unsuspecting maid, Miss Thembelani Tshuma (34) was closing the gate after Ms Ashly Mashungu (39) of Cowdray Park suburb, had just driven into her yard.

The armed robbers, who were all wearing black masks and black clothes sprayed the maid with an unknown substance which made her dizzy.

One of the raiders started assaulting Miss Tshuma, while the other one confronted Ms Mashungu, said to be an illegal foreign currency dealer. She had locked her vehicle’s doors as the third assailant stood guard.

When The Chronicle arrived at Ms Mashungu’s home yesterday morning, she had just left with detectives investigating the matter.

A visibly shaken shaken Miss Tshuma narrated their ordeal.

“I heard a gunshot and as I tried to quickly close the gate, a man dressed in dark clothes jumped into the yard, attacking me at once. He punched and kicked me to the ground while another one headed straight to Ms Ashly’s car.

“When Ms Ashly saw what was happening, she quickly locked herself inside her car. The third robber stood outside the gate,” she said.

Miss Tshuma said the one of the gunmen kept assaulting her, and was pressing her neck to the ground using his foot.

“The other one continued to fight Ms Ashly, threatening to shoot if she did not open her car door. He kept demanding money, shouting ‘sinike imali lapha wena mama, abantwana bethu balambile lapha wena uyambuluza’ (Give us money, our children are hungry and you are being arrogant),” she said.

The armed robber finally smashed the car window using the butt of his gun and fearing for her life, Ms Mashungu surrendered her handbag with her money.

“Left with no choice she handed over her handbag which contained $7 800 and R2 000 and her particulars. The robber handed over the handbag to his accomplice at the gate and returned to Ms Ashly to demand more money.

“She told them that it was all she had. When they persisted, threatening to shoot her, she told them more money was in town with someone. Thank God they didn’t insist and dashed out of the gate and fled into the darkness.”

A neighbour, Mr Themba Ndlovu said his son was threatened by one of the robbers.

“We heard the gunshots but unfortunately the noise from generators used by residents in the area confused us. We weren’t so sure if we were hearing screams because our neighbours’ generators made noise.

“When my son tried to check what was happening outside, a man with a gun told him to return indoors. By the time we went outside to see, the one outside Ms Mashungu’s gate signalled to his team and they fled. Our efforts to chase after them were vain as they disappeared into the darkness,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu blamed the increased criminal activities in the area on lack of electricity in their neighbourhood.

Bulawayo metropolitan province police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango could not be reached for comment.

The latest incident follows another armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday night at Engen Service Station in Bulawayo’s Tshabalala suburb.

The three armed robbers got away with $219 after seriously injuring a security guard who had attempted to disarm one of them.

In January, gunmen struck at an usiphatheleni’s house in Emganwini suburb getting away with R15 000, while in February four men robbed another money changer of R8 000 and $750 after assaulting him and firing a shot into the air in Beitbridge.

In April a two robbers allegedly raided an usiphatheleni at a house in Bulawayo’s Nketa 7 suburb.

They blindfolded a domestic worker and tied her up before getting away with $4 000. The Chronicle

  • Ngumhlobo wakhona

    • ahhh the infamous tribalist Phiri James Gordon the nyasa who thinks he is a shona…

    • Mara its a fact

    • Its not called koBulawayo because they were slaughtering chickens on Lobengula’s birthdays.You have a history of robbing and raiding other tribes

    • Hamba khatshana nxaaaa

  • These a the pple who a keeping cash whilst we cant get our salaries

  • But it’s not bad news. When these thieves target the corrupt. You will agree with me, with less corruption, there are better chances of more job creation taking the thieves back into formal work. So yes, well done boys.

    • Although I don’t condone violence there is a lot of truth in your analysis

    • Uri dako haikona shallow minded. Employment created by who uchiona nyiká yakafa kudai

    • yabulawa ubni leyoNyika

    • Too much cash at home. Get them boys one by one. People are keeping cash at home causing suffering to many. I think your analysis is right. These are the people contributing to our problems. Nxaaa

    • Luckmore Gonzalo u sound like a troubled soul.

  • BULAWAYO, AGAIN? THE BOY ARE BACK FROM MZANSI, WELL RECRUITED, JUST WAIT AND SEE. KUNO HAKUNA IYOYO MUNOFIRA MUJERI REZANU PF,

  • vanogona kungotsvagwa vakawanikwa ne ZRP

  • $7 800 aaaaah Mari I Chinese kudai kp vanochengeterei Mari mudzimba? 1

  • how can you keep such kind of money in your car while others are suffering outside there well done guys check them 1 by 1

  • That day when l pased by tradegold opp chicken lnn l was shocked to c piles of money with these Sphatheleni whilst at the bank there was absolutely nothing to give pple though it was pay day

  • 7800 dollars? Money changer are u a bank?u deserve it.I dont knw wy they left your car.well done boys.

  • no money

  • No money in banks bt some one is carrying 7 thousand chakuti kkkkk better they didn’t kill her

  • I think this tym these thieves has a good target wch is causin sufferin of many. They must hit all of them mayb we may have money bac incirculation

  • for sure our country is bmng unsafe,,a day cant pass by wthout such cases

  • munhu anogara nemari yakawanda kudaro, vamwe vasina vanoitora

  • In any productive economy anyone can carry as much money as they wish,stop venting your anger on someone trying to make a living.You all know the reason there is no money at the bank if you could only turn that anger into courage.

  • Money is suposed to be in the bank

  • People here are too quick to judge, if wena, iwewe had $7800 would you bank it ?? I am sorry for your loss whoever got robbed

  • We keep money in our safes at home bcoz banks nowadays are not safe. What u want us is to sleep in corridos for weeks waiting for $5 from a bank nxa better to keep it. That the country does not have money is none of our buisiness,let them make more money. Ya those theives must shift their minds to war now its time up!

  • Wena uyasebenza umsebezi wakho laye ulowakhe I’m very sry Siphatheleni

  • Tichishaya mari kubank imi muchiita mamobile banks. Sad as it is, do not be selfish in hoarding cash. Unozviruza.

  • ma2 saka

  • We run short of cash hey,and some keep it for themselves zvakaoma

  • Nomaswazi Gwen Ndlovu

  • You cant afford to bank money its better to lose to robbers than banks sorry whoever got robbed those

  • Ndobasa roga rasara muZimbabwe

  • Nakisai Takaindisa

  • I was once given fake money at Tradegold. I dont care. Karma

  • Crime is crime Zimbos stop being petty. If it was your mother or wife threatened with guns would you still spill such vile from your mouths? Osiphatheleni have existed in Bulawayo since time immemorial because the government of Zimbabwe has never managed the exchange rate. A mother has been robbed of her hard earned money. Get a grip. All of you

  • Shame

  • Seven point five thaza????…Bank richipa pondo pavhik kkkkkkkkk.Manje hona wamama

  • vanotaura nezveku banker mari muri maduz woo ndimi mbava dzacho imi Sphatheleni ano banker mari yeyi iye achi shanda kutenga nekutengesa mari akayi banker businesses romira zve

  • The article says the victim was a Sphatheleni…which means their business is to keep large quantities of money for business purposes.What’s hard to understand about that?..The economy is in a mess and we know who is responsible

  • They really meant business.they were not joking at all.they were prepared to kill

  • Dai zvakaurawa

  • vamwe vanhu soo kuhustler kwake zvee yashamicei US7000

  • Hanzi in bulwayo kkkk