Fake cops rob home’s driver

2010-11-20 00:00

A NON-PROFIT organisation for mentally and physically disabled people in Howick lost R10 000 when criminals masquerading as police officers robbed its driver this week.

As he was driving from the local FNB Bank, where he had withdrawn the money, Ali Zuma (34) was confronted by four men at about 11am. He was driving Sunfield Home’s unmarked Toyota Quantum.

The men, who were driving a VW Polo, took him to a secluded area near St Joseph’s Church and assaulted and robbed him.

John Makhathini (56), who was travelling with Zuma, said they were waiting at a red light when a stranger jumped in the van.

“He said he needed a lift, and I told him that we don’t give lifts in company cars, but he just forced himself in.

“At the post office Zuma parked to collect letters. A white VW Polo with three occupants stopped in front of us. The car had a Gauteng registration.

“One of the men produced a police badge and said they were looking for Zuma because he had given a lift to someone.

“They demanded that Zuma hand the Quantum’s key to me, and said they were taking him to a police station and that I should wait for him,” said Makhathini.

After waiting for about 30 minutes, Makhathini was shocked to see Zuma, who was injured and dirty, returning in the company of uniformed police officers.

“He had been robbed of the R10 000 and his cellphone and had cuts on his face and neck.

“His clothes were muddied and he had lost a shoe,” he said.

Makhathini said they them went to the Howick police station to make statements.

“He told us the three men took him behind the church instead of to the police station where they kicked, punched and hit him with the butt of a firearm after he refused to give them the money.”

Zuma could not be contacted. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police are investigating armed robbery.

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