Robberies: Family to flee SA

2008-08-14 00:00

Fifteen members of a business family in Mountain Rise are packing to leave South Africa after suffering several violent armed robberies.

The Khan family, who own four businesses in the Manchester Road area, were last robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday morning.

Nuzhad (50), the mother of the head of the family, Anil Khan, was struck with the butt of a gun on the head. The criminals also suffocated his 10-month-old daughter Soha with a pillow.

“We have been robbed and our lives threatened enough in this country. Now it is the time to leave for our mother country, Pakistan. I’m going to put my business, my vehicles and house on auction. By the end of next week we will be gone,” Khan said last night.

Khan and his brothers left the house, at 5 Peter Hey Road, early on Wednesday to open their businesses, leaving other family members asleep. At about 10 am three men sneaked in through the kitchen door and held up domestic worker Justina Radebe.

The men roughly awakened Nuzhad in her bedroom and demanded money. Others woke Khan’s sister Saman and demanded money and jewellery.

“As they couldn’t get what they were looking for they took both my sister and mother to my wife’s bedroom. One of them pressed a pillow on my daughter’s face to stop her from crying. My wife [Ambreen] pulled the baby away,” said Khan.

They then bound Nuzhad, Saman and Ambreen with adhesive tape, also gagging them with the tape before ransacking the house, and stole R20 000 cash and jewellery worth R5 000.

When Khan arrived home at about 10.45 am to collect something he found Soha crying and the bound women.

“We were first robbed in my first house here in Mountain Rise. I moved to Hayfields, where I was robbed twice. I moved back to Mountain Rise and I’m now robbed again,” said Khan.

When The Witness visited last night, the family were busy packing.

The Khans, who arrived in the country about 15 years ago, have 10 employees in their four businesses trading under the name Hawkers and Traders Centre in the Hero Plaza, Manchester Road.

He said about a year ago robbers forced him to close his fabric factory.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan appealed to anyone with information to contact Detective Inspector Bheki Langa of the Mountain Rise Detective Service on 033 387 9614 or 082 529 2175, or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

bhans@witness.co.za

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