Cape Town man robbed at gunpoint after responding to Facebook car sale post

2016-09-14 19:37
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Cape Town - Police have warned of the dangers of social media adverts, after a Cape Town college student who responded to one was held up at gunpoint last week.

The man, 23, saw a Facebook post advertising a VW Golf for R25 000 on Friday, said Western Cape police spokesperson FC van Wyk.

The advert had a description of the car, and pictures.

The student made contact with the seller and they agreed to meet in Manenberg.

Van Wyk said the prospective buyer and his two friends could not find the address and were directed to a house further down the road.

When they got there, two men jumped into their car. The one threatened them with a firearm.

They took their cellphones and R80 in cash.

"The victim and his friends were forced to drive around in Manenberg until they managed to drop off the suspects in Jordan Road," he said.

Detective Constable Joshua Williams tracked down the men.

Residents feared retaliation by gangs and it was difficult to secure witnesses.

Van Wyk said two men, aged 27 and 53, were eventually arrested and charged with robbery with a firearm.

They were expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Police urged prospective buyers to make enquiries with adverts and verify the legitimacy of the so-called sale.

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