Robbers traumatise PMB family

2008-04-27 00:00

Two weekend armed robberies in the Pietermaritzburg city centre left a family and a pair of waitresses traumatised.

The first incident happened at the corner of Langalibalele and Knipe streets at about 4 pm on Friday. Three members of the Mohamed family, including five-month-old Sabeeha Gani and 70-year-old Hafiza Mohamed, were assaulted during the robbery.

Family member Anisha Gani said four members of her family were relaxing in their sitting room when they heard her mother, Faatima Mohamed, screaming.

"There were two gunmen at the door. One of them was locking the door behind him. Another placed a gun on my mother’s head, forcing us to be quiet. We told them to take whatever they want and leave us alone.

"One of them searched my husband Ruzaidh Gani [28] and took his money from his wallet. He proceeded to my dad [Raffique Mohamed] and took R5 500. He returned to search my husband and found a revolver. He assaulted him for hiding the gun.

"My mother tried to intervene, and the robber punched her in the face. They went to the bedroom and found my baby [Sabeeha] sleeping. He lifted him, placed the gun on his head and threatened to shoot him if we do not keep quiet. We begged until he handed the baby to me," said Anisha.

Later Anisha’s grandmother, Hafiza Mohamed (70), knocked at the door. One robber opened the door and grabbed her.

"She fell on the floor, but the robber accused her of being clever and kicked her. They then left with the money and other items."

In another robbery yesterday afternoon, two "charming" men robbed Pie City in Langalibalele Street of about R1 500 after they finished eating pies.

Local Pie City outlets manager Pieter Geyer said the men arrived at 10 am and bought two pies and one juice and ate them in the shop. As they were eating, they were charming two waitresses.

They sat inside until 1 pm before they produced firearms and demanded the money in the till and a cellphone belonging to one employee. They then disappeared.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said there have been no arrests made in either case.

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