Families live in fear

2015-07-02 06:01

Yolanda Mjuza(pointing) and other residents at the N2 Gateway said they feared for their lives after a gang of eight terrorised unsuspecting victims and made off with goods, and threatened to rape one of them.

mandla Mahashe

Yolanda Mjuza(pointing) and other residents at the N2 Gateway said they feared for their lives after a gang of eight terrorised unsuspecting victims and made off with goods, and threatened to rape one of them. PHOTO: mandla Mahashe

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Residents at the N2 Gateway in Langa are feeling exposed and vulnerable after gun totting thugs allegedly robbed three homes in the same street early on Tuesday.

The group of eight men are said to have kicked doors and held some home owners at gunpoint around 02:00.

During the crime spree they made off with electrical appliances, phones and clothing.

Residents, mostly females, said although this was the first incident of such brazen criminality, it has made them weary of strangers in their compound.

Alutta Mjuza, 18, said she was woken from sleep after hearing a loud noise emanating from the door; it was the robbers kicking the door of her Block B home.

“I jumped up, only to be met by three armed men. I could only make out the guns they were carrying in the dark...pointed at me.”

They demand my cellphone, and when I tried to resist, calmly told me to chose between life and the phone,” she said.

She said that the men continued to ransack her home and made off with valuables including clothing items.

“They took my cellphone, jacket, all star takkies, microwave, two DVD players, two cellphone chargers, and wallets with bank cards, my ID, a printer and two speakers,” she said.

She said the reality of the robbery only began to hit her when the men started arguing whether to rape her or not.

“They kept on arguing...one was urging them to leave.”

She said they then changed tack and demanded the pin code to my cellphone, and for more goods.

After they made off with the loot, they went for a flat across the street when they used the same modus operandi to gain entrance.

Akhona Mkhiva,29, said that she was so shocked to find two men pointing firearms at her that she collapsed and fainted during the intrusion.

“I had woken up to go to the bathroom and on my way back to the room I heard a noise, but was not sure what it was, and when I entered got to the room I heard a second one.”

She said she called for her boyfriend, who was sleeping at the time, to investigate.

“He yelled that it was intruders, by which time they were inside the house.”

She was told later that she just fainted, and was revived after they had left the house.

Mkhiva said that the robbers made off with cellphones, and a 37 inch plasma TV. “We are really traumatised by this, especially the kids.

The whole community is afraid and angry as we haven’t slept at all since the incident” she said. The gang also broke into the flat next to Mkhiva’s and ran away with a microwave and other items.

The residents said, despite numerous calls to the police, ‘they failed to arrive on time’.

A neighbour who did not ant to be named said that she saw the men from the window of her flat.

“As the others barged into the flats, the others kept a lookout in case of a reaction from the residents.”

She added that there were about eight of them, and that they only fled when the saw a man running to work, assuming he was going to alert the community. Langa Warrant Officer Odwa Makupula said that the police are investigating the matter and that no arrests had been made yet

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