Robbers shoot man, steal his car

2010-09-11 00:00

A FATHER of three, Funokwakhe Vincent Ndlovu (47), was shot yesterday morning during an armed robbery in which two men drove off in his car as he was preparing to leave for work.

He was shot in the thigh at his home in Pakkies informal settlement near Copesville at about 6 am before the criminals sped off in his Toyota Corolla.

Ndlovu told The Witness yesterday, “I started the ignition to warm up the vehicle and returned into my house to finish dressing, but I suddenly heard my vehicle driving off.”

When he ran after the vehicle an armed man appeared from behind and fired a shot in the air before jumping into the vehicle.

“The driver shouted at the gunman to shoot me, and the gunman fired straight at me,” he said.

Shocked and wounded, Ndlovu watched helplessly as his sky-blue Toyota, which he bought in March, disappeared down the road.

Ndlovu’s wife, Thoko Gwala, and their three children, between five and 16 years of age, witnessed the incident.

“I came out when my husband was shouting ‘my car, my car’. The gunman fired the second shot and wounded him,” she said.

A neighbour, Afika Sigalela, said Ndlovu’s vehicle is the second to be stolen in a violent manner in the area this year.

Ndlovu’s vehicle registration is NP 3953. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information to contact Colonel Chris Wiles at 033 387 9621 or 079 500 1306. Anonymous callers should phone 08600 10111.

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