The Zimbabwe Republic Police 9ZRP) has confirmed that a machete and axe-wielding gang raided Dubane Mine in Gwanda and got away with R700.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena said the incident happened around 8.30 pm last Wednesday.
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She said the seven men arrived at the mine and found two workers, Lastboy Ndlovu (21) and Prince Ncube (27) and demanded money from the workers while threatening to axe them.
Insp Mangena said the two were saved by villagers staying close by who managed to help apprehend three of the gang members while the other four got away with R700 taken from the workers. Inspector Mangena said:
The case was reported to the police the very same day and three accused men were arrested. These being Steven Moyo (37) from Guyu under Chief Marupi, Richard Mangena (31) from under Chief Mathema in Gwanda and Melusi Nyoni (18) from Guyu. Society must emulate what these villagers did as they worked hand in glove with the police in apprehending the robbers.
Inspector Mnagena warned members of the public not to fight back if they are raided by armed gangs adding that businesses such as mines should also improve security to protect their properties.
Machete gangs have in recent years been carrying out terror attacks in gold mining towns attacking residents and robbing miners.
Some analysts, including Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe, linked the gangs to some prominent politicians saying that was the reason why they were not being apprehended.