Hijackers take $45 000 from men

2008-09-15 00:00

Two Congolese businessmen who deal in vehicles were robbed of $45 000 in cash in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.

Police said Cleo Mbuyi and Babi Tchovo have been in the city for more than 10 years, and are making a living by selling vehicles. They were robbed of the money, (worth about R360 000), in Alan Paton Avenue at about 12.30 pm.

“They were actually travelling to Durban to purchase a car when they were robbed. They got the money from their uncle, who is an estate agent. They intended to travel to the Congo after purchasing the car,” said a police officer.

The officer could not divulge whether the attackers knew Mbuyi and Tchovo.

However, it seems as if the attackers were aware that the two had a large amount of cash on them.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said Mbuli had just slowed down the vehicle to answer his cellphone.

She said a VW Caravelle vehicle approached at high speed from behind, forcing him off the road.

Three men jumped out of the Caravelle. Two of them pointed firearms at Mbuyi and Tchovo, she said.

“The third male, who was not armed, got into the vehicle and removed a laptop, three cellphones and a large sum of cash, amounting to $45 000,” said Jeevan.

The men then fled in the Caravelle.

Jeevan appealed to anyone with information about the crime to contact Detective Captain Naleen Maharaj at 033 845 7710 or 084 581 7809 or on the toll-free crime stop line at 08600 10111.

bhans@witness.co.za

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