A Bulawayo man was on Friday night allegedly robbed at knifepoint by a Honda Fit pirate taxi crew of valuables worth R5 000.
The robbery occurred at around 9 PM on Friday when a Mr Mwale was accosted by robbers while walking along Khami Road. The Chronicle’s source is quoted as saying:
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Brian Mwale from Pumula suburb was robbed of his valuables which comprised a Huawei P8 Lite, Samsung Galaxy Pocket, blue jean trousers, and black and white tennis shoes. The valuables amounted to R5 000.
An unregistered black Honda Fit with a crew of eight men on board knocked him down. Eight unidentified men disembarked from the vehicle and assaulted Mr Mwale.
The crew ordered Mr Mwale to surrender all his belongings while threatening to stab him with an Okapi knife.
In a separate development, police in Bulawayo have urged members of the public to avoid boarding unregistered pirate taxis (Mushikashika). Acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele said:
We are continuously recording crimes involving unregistered pirate taxis. We are not just recording robbery but assault and r_pe cases as well.
Hence we appeal to residents to avoid putting their lives at risk. We want to warn the public that they should stop boarding these cars as some of them are involved in serious crimes.