A family in Bulawayo’s Nkulumane 12 suburb was left traumatised after a group of about 10 armed robbers pounced on the house on Saturday at about 7 pm and brutally assaulted an 88-year-old man leaving him for dead.
The robbers were reportedly looking for “a substantial amount of money” after apparently having received word that Mr Tedious Dibula had huge sums in his possession.
Speaking to the Chronicle after the harrowing incident, Dibula’s grandson Zibusiso Zondo (18) said:
I had just gone outside to fetch something and the doors were not yet locked at 7 PM.
Thereafter I started cooking supper and suddenly the house was full of armed men. One had a gun, another had an Okapi knife while the rest had axes and iron bars.
I counted over 10 men all in all in the house. They ordered all of us to shut up and demanded money. They said they would not kill anyone if we co-operated and let them do their job.
The money that was in the house was long gone as it had already been used for its intended purpose so they were late. It appears someone had tipped them off about the money.
They ransacked the house and tossed furniture around. They wanted to search the wardrobe but it was locked and they chopped it into pieces with an axe. We are very devastated.
The incident was confirmed by Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube who had this to say:
We are dealing with a case of an attempted robbery that occurred in Nkulumane suburb on Saturday evening.
We urge communities to work together with the police and expose criminals living among them.
Criminals do not come from Mars but they live right here among us. It is wise to tip off the police because you do not know where and when they will strike next.
Mr Dibula was discharged from hospital after doctors said that his collarbone could not be fixed.
The family said it is now living in fear following a spate of armed robbers that have been taking across the city over the past few days.