Margate cousins admit to four hold-ups on South Coast

2011-07-20 00:00

AN elderly victim of a robbery in Margate has expressed his gratitude to the Margate police following the conviction of the robbers at Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court recently.

Sixty-four-year-old Danie Ryan was robbed at gunpoint by two men at his family business in Margate in July.

Ryan thanked the detectives for helping to secure the conviction of cousins Sihle (27) and Sibusiso Mkhize (30).

The pair were sentenced to 10 and nine years in jail respectively.

Police established that the cousins were responsible for other robberies on the South Coast.

The men, both from Bhomela Location near Izotsha, were charged with four counts of theft and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

They pleaded guilty and conducted their own defence.

In each of the cases they threatened their victims with weapons and robbed them of their belongings.

Ryan said the men entered his store and ordered fish and chips and paid for their meal.

“While I was at the till one of the men grabbed the laptop from the table and ran out of the store,” said Ryan.

He said he attempted to jump over the counter, but the accomplice showed his firearm and told him to remain still.

“I then hid behind the counter while the armed man left.”

Ryan said the police were professional and helpful.

The cousins also targeted the Margate Baptist Church where they threatened a staff member at knifepoint in June.

The victim, who does not want to be named, said the men entered the church office and one of them pinned her on the ground with a knife while the other looked around for valuables.

Carl and Roché van der Westhuizen were also victims of the cousins at Manaba Beach.

The couple lost a jacket, bag and other items to the men.

The accused also robbed a group of teenagers at Orange Rocks in Uvongo. They took cellphones, cash and jewellery.

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