Police in Beitbridge on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a gang of seven armed robbers that terrorised residents, taxi drivers, and villagers living close to the Limpopo River.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkwananzi identified some of the gang members all from Beitbridge district as Conscious Gumbo alias Pride Ndou (27) of Mawale village, Philemon Chizani alias Man-fire (28) of Tshitaudze suburb in the border town, Handson Mhlanga (26) of Mawale, Thembani Ncube (26.
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A 16-year-old suspect could not be named because of his age while the names of two others were being verified.
The robbers would use machetes, knives, and firearms to subdue their victims. Said Asst Insp Mkwananzi:
One of the suspects, Philemon Chizani was shot in the leg during a fracas with the police detectives on Sunday in Beitbridge town.
Five of the gang members were arrested in Mawale village and Beitbridge town on Sunday when our detectives tracked them.
The suspects had attacked four people on July 1 in two separate incidents and they were armed with knives, machetes and a pistol.
Insp Mkwananzi said that in the first case, the gang had robbed a taxi driver and his passenger before stealing a pirate taxi (Honda Fit), they later dumped it near Lutumba along the road leading to Masvingo.
He said before dumping the Honda Fit, they used it to rob a couple in Mawale of R10 000 and flea markets wares worth thousands of dollars.