Scottsville man relieved to survive armed car robbery

2014-06-12 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man said he is lucky to be alive after he was held up at gunpoint inside his yard by two armed men who then robbed him of his belongings, including two vehicles.

Aubry Mqingwana from Scottsville had returned to his Christie Road home on Tuesday evening. As he collected his belongings from his car, a white Chevrolet Sonic, he was confronted by two armed men who pushed him up against the wall and put a gun to his chest.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, he said he was grateful to still be alive following the ordeal that lasted between five and seven minutes.

He said the incident occurred just before 6 pm as he was returning from work. “I have two cars, a BMW that I was selling and which was parked just outside my yard with a for sale sign, and a Chevrolet Sonic that I was driving.

“As I was coming back from work, I opened the gate manually and drove inside. I was going to lock my car and then go out and bring the car that was outside into the yard and then lock my gate.

“As I opened the boot to take out my laptop, I heard footsteps and I looked up, there were two men with guns.”

One guy pushed him against the wall of his house pointing a firearm at his chest, while another, also armed with a weapon, took a strategic position while also keeping an eye on him and probably on anyone who might interfere.

He said they demanded keys to his BMW and then searched his Chevrolet Sonic. They also searched him and removed all his belongings before making off with the two cars.

They drove the Sonic and the BMW away but he did not see in which direction they drove as they had ordered him to get to the back of the house.

Mqingwana said the incident was very traumatic. “This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me, and I could not sleep at all last night [Tuesday].”

But he was grateful they left without harming anyone. “I could see myself lying in a pool of blood … One of them asked who was in the house and I told them my children were home. I was worried they would do something crazy like go into the house.”

He said when he went inside his house, his domestic was already on the phone calling for help.

“She had noticed what was happening and kept her cool and kept my children calm. Normally, when I come home from work they are excited and take my lunchbox but this time she kept them calm.”

He feared the criminals may have been watching him.

“It could be a coincidence but they came at the same time as I was coming back from work …”

A couple living in the same area said they had also heard about the armed robbery. “Some time ago, the criminals also stole another vehicle from the houses [north of us],” they said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they were investigating charges of armed robbery and car theft and no one had been arrested.

Naicker said the criminals stole Mqingwana’s two vehicles, a laptop and a cellphone.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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