Armed robbers hit

2018-07-05 06:00
Kashieta Abaas’ shop was robbed on Monday.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

Kashieta Abaas’ shop was robbed on Monday.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

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A cellphone shop is the latest in a spate of robberies that has hit businesses at the Nomzamo Business Centre.

Kashieta Abaas, owner of a cellphone shop that was robbed, said on Monday (2 July) she was alone in her store when three armed suspects entered it after lunchtime.

They demanded that she handover all the cellphones and cash on the premises, and she obliged, and the suspects made off with the goods and cash.

This wasn’t the first time an armed robbery occurred at her store, Abaas said. “It’s really frustrating, and I am questioning whether it is safe to operate a business in Nomzamo,” she said.

“These robberies are happening in broad daylight, right before people’s eyes, and no-one wants to talk.”

Last month, the neighbouring computer training school fell victim to burglars, who allegedly made off with laptops and computers worth more than R12 000.

Abaas, who has been operating the business in Nomzamo for a decade, claims the men who targeted her store reside in a nearby street. “We know where the criminals live in this area,” she said, “but we do not want to act as the police require evidence to arrest them.”

Following the most recent robbery, Abaas had to deal with irate customers who demanded their cellphones back.

“These phones were to be fixed and returned to their owners,” she said. “People want their cellphones, but I can’t return it as it was stolen during the incident.”

She was forced to give the customers of her stock cellphones.

Athandwa Masiza is one of the customers affected by the robbery. “It was an unfortunate situation that the shop owner could not prevent, but I want my cellphone back,” she said. “I don’t know how this will be fixed, but something must be done.”

Provincial police spokesperson Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the incident and police were investigating but no arrests had been made. She urged the community to share with Lwandle police any information that may assist in apprehending the suspects.

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