Italian businessmen flee SA after robbery

2013-04-11 09:25
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Durban - After being robbed at an upmarket Durban restaurant over the weekend, two Italian businessmen fled the country, vowing never to come back to South Africa.

The businessmen were eating at the Marco Paulo restaurant in Mount Edgecombe when an armed gang stormed into the eatery, demanding cash and jewellery from patrons, reported The Mercury.

The Italian businessmen were taken to dinner by Durban businessman Victor Govender, owner of Swiftair, an international logistics company.

Govender said the robbers told the Italians to hand over their guns but he told them the men had no guns.  

Marco Medici was robbed of €500 (R5 800) and his BlackBerry cellphone, while Lorenzo Cerretelli’s credit cards, R500 in cash, cellphone and camera were stolen.

“My business associates were extremely traumatised. They booked the first flight home on Tuesday,” said Govender.

His guests told him they had heard about crime in South Africa but never expected to become victims.

“They are very disillusioned and have vowed never to return to South Africa.”

Police are still investigating the robbery.

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