Stokvel money stolen from nurse

2008-01-05 00:00

APPROXIMATELY R50 000 of “stokvel” money was stolen when a nursing sister at KwaPata Clinic was robbed at gunpoint of her silver BMW yesterday afternoon.

The sister, Nonhlanhla Mkhize (34), was in the staff room when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys.

Police believe the men were waiting in the queue prior to the incident, pretending to be patients.

It is believed the men grabbed the keys from Mkhize before firing one shot, which hit her in the thigh.

The suspects then smashed the right window of her BMW, which was parked outside the clinic gate, and fled with the R50 000 cash in the boot.

“The stolen money was withdrawn from a bank earlier in the day and is believed to be ‘stokvel’ money, destined to be paid out to the clinic employees during the course of yesterday afternoon,” said spokesman for the SAPS, Inspector Joey Jeevan.

Police said the car was later found abandoned in Mziki Road in the Imbali area and the money had been taken.

Mkhize was rushed to Edendale Hospital, but has since been released.

The armed robbery is the second in two days in the Pietermaritzburg area, after a Shell Garage in the central business district was robbed and an undisclosed amount of money stolen.

People with information can contact Superintendent Boy Mlangeni on 033 398 9756 or on 082 558 1381, or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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