Woman catches crook

2008-01-29 00:00

A woman who was allegedly robbed of R10 000 managed to trace her robber using her cellphone, and bring him to court.

Khethiwe Dlamini (25), a Lesotho national employed locally as a domestic worker, did not know the man who she says stole her family savings and tried to rape her, but she managed to lead the police to the now accused Sibusisio Sithole.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said Sithole has appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on charges of theft.

The alleged robbery happened on January 15, a day before schools opened in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I wanted to get to work because my employer’s children were going to school the following day and I had to prepare for them.”

Dlamini was on her way to her employer’s house in Bisley, but she ended up running for her life.

“It was late when I arrived in town. I got into the last taxi,” she said. The taxi was not going to Bisley, but to Mkondeni.

“I was the last one in the minibus and the driver asked where I would jump off and I was going to Bisley and they told me I was lost.” The taxi dropped her off somewhere in Alexandra Road.

Stranded and scared, she thought she was lucky when a car stopped for her. She did not know how to get to her employer’s house, but she knew the house number. “When I told the man where I lived, he said he did not know the place. I gave him my phone to phone his friend and ask for directions,” said Dlamini.

She thought the man was taking her home, but he told her he would take her to his sister’s place. However, they never arrived at the “sister’s house”: instead Sithole allegedly asked Dlamini “to have sex” with him.

“When I refused, he threatened me with a wheel spanner. I escaped, but he took my purse with R10 000 in cash and a new cellphone [another phone].” She said she and her brother and sister, who live in Durban, had saved the money to build a house in Lesotho.

Dlamini said she ran for her life and was later rescued by another man, who drove her home.

Determined to put her perpetrator behind bars, Dlamini called the number that the man had dialled on her cellphone to call a friend.

“I asked the man on the phone to tell me where to find the man who had given me a ride.”

Then she went to find him in Oribi, despite being unfamiliar with the area.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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