A Zimbabwean bus driver cheated death by a whisker on Friday morning after armed robbers pounced on his bus in South Africa.
Thembane Ngwenya told ZTN that an armed robber demanded R40 000 from him after bullets had missed his head twice at close range. Narrating his near-death experience to the publication, Ngwenya said:
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It’s a miracle! I survived by God’s grace as two bullets missed my head at close range.
We were between Zebediella and Polokwane when I heard a disturbing sound.
I asked the co-driver about the sound, but he, too, had no clue regarding what was going on. Suddenly, I could not engage the gears or brakes. The door then opened automatically.
I managed to stop the bus after a few metres. And as I tried to investigate the problem, one of the robbers shot at me. He, however, missed my head narrowly. He tried again but missed. The magazine fell off his pistol as he tried a third time.
The man (joked) that I was very religious. Pulling me away from the bus, he demanded R40 000, which, he said, a client in Johannesburg had asked me to give to his family in Zimbabwe. I insisted I had no money, and he threatened to shoot me in the leg.
The robbers demanded and got away with cellphones, cash and other valuables from the passengers who were on the Zimbabwe-bound bus.