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Missing Zim businessman found dead

2012-07-15 20:24

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe say a five day hunt for a prominent businessman ended with his bloodied body being found in the trunk of his car with a plastic bag wound around his head.

Police official James Sabau said the car was identified in Harare on Sunday after a massive campaign of fliers pinned on trees and e-mail and media notices posted since Alan Banks, 52, went missing on Wednesday. A murder investigation has been opened, he said.

Sabau said the style of killing was very rare in Zimbabwe. "We are not used to such cases," he told reporters.

Zimbabwe has no Western-style organised crime.

Banks was seen as a popular figure in the nation's small white community. Relatives told police they knew of no business or private grudges against him.

Comments
  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-15 22:19

    I wonder what is the style of killing in Zim? Motorcar accidents?

      mokete.mokoena.50 - 2012-07-15 22:30

      Zim government must stop pointing fingures to the west but death occured in their lawless country,Killing is crime no matter how does it looks but police must do their work and those who r involved in this gruesome incident must be brought to justice.

      goldwright - 2012-07-15 23:44

      @mokete - you call Zim "lawless", consider this though, despite the political situation in Zim, and the lack of service delivery, like their infrequent supply of power and water, Zimbabwe actually have a MUCH lower murder rate than South Africa. Makes one wonder which country is really "lawless"........

      LynneOeschger - 2012-07-16 06:41

      Yes. It is usually a tragic and fatal accident with an army vehicle. I knew Banks. This is a strange way for someone to die there.

      goldwright - 2012-07-25 02:15

      hlongwa, lame excuse - even if so many Zimbabweans and others from elsewhere in Africa weren't in SA, there would still be a high crime rate in SA..... many south africans are good at blaming everyone else for their problems, instead of looking within and making the change themselves - amazing that during the apartheid years, the rest of Africa (and the world) opened it's arms to exiled anti apartheid activists, but in return now, many South Africans have little time and neighbourly love for their "fellow Africans - short memories hey........

  • lance.ernest - 2012-07-16 00:53

    Why hve people becum so cruel?

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-16 01:02

    And Uncle Bob answered, I know nothing about it....

  • Fungai Dube - 2012-07-16 08:35

    Ask father Zimbabwe, he have an explanation on all this. he wud say he have nothing to do with but he is linking to this murder. he hates white especially if the white is partially political. mark my words pple.

      vee.hozh - 2012-07-16 10:30

      @Fungai you are very silly u don kno wat u tokin bout

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-16 10:37

      Could be Fungai, could be.

      fungai.dube.12 - 2012-07-16 14:10

      @vee.hzh. U may call me all sorts words even that i may not like but you the trueth.

  • NigelJamesTurner - 2012-07-16 10:44

    "No Western style organised crime..." Nope, in Zim organised crime is run by the government.

      ec.dp.9 - 2012-07-16 11:37

      Maybe the killers came from SA. Sound like any other murder case here....

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