In an interview with The Chronicle, Zimbabwe Consul-General in South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro yesterday confirmed that an armed robber based in South Africa was shot dead.
The Chronicle reports Thabisani Nkiwane (46) was shot dead during a shoot-out with security officers from the Suburban Crime Prevention (SCP), a private security firm, while his three unidentified accomplices managed to flee from the scene. Nkiwane was involved in a robbery and carjacking incident. A source who spoke to The Chronicle said Nkiwane and his accomplices had followed a woman to her house in Montegomery Park and robbed her after she had withdrawn an undisclosed amount of money from an ATM machine. The source said before the four left her house, an SCP security team was in hot pursuit. Said the source:
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A chase ensued between the suspects who were driving a silver Mercedes Benz. As they approached a corner along Milner Avenue they crashed their vehicle. They all jumped out of that car and ran towards a garage that was across the road, where they hijacked a blue Toyota Etios from some woman. One of the security officers returned fire and shot Nkiwane who was driving and he died on the spot. Two of the suspects jumped into a taxi and at gun point, ordered the driver to quickly drive away and they headed towards Melville. The other suspect fled on foot.