Two machete-wielding robbers raided a South African money agent at his homestead in Nkayi and made off with R20 000 plus other valuables.
Police say the money agent, Zephania Sibanda, 60, of Sebhumane village in Gwelutshena sustained head and hand injuries when the still-at-large suspects pounced around 2 am last week.
It wasn’t clear which money agency Sibanda worked for. Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Glory Banda said:
They started assaulting him demanding money and one of them struck him in the head with a machete and he fell down. They took away 22,700 rand, Nokia Cellphone, and a speaker box.
Banda urged members of the public to enhance their security at homes to avoid losses. Banda said:
The public should do target hardening like having dogs as they are necessary when it comes to security. Those who live in urban areas have enough lighting outdoors when going to bed and those who can manage install screen doors and have their windows burglar barred.
National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi last week expressed concern over the increase in armed robberies across the country and urged members of the public to remain vigilant.
He stated that the Zimbabwe Republic Police had intensified efforts to account for robbery syndicates who are moving around the country attacking members of the public who include motorists, business people, and people walking or moving alone.