Gangs raid house twice

2018-07-05 06:00
The aluminium door, which the alleged culprits tried to smash.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

The aluminium door, which the alleged culprits tried to smash.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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The Bikwana family in NY147, Gugulethu is living in fear after their house was robbed twice in as many as two weeks.

Both incidents occurred last month, in the wee hours of the morning, with the thieves walking away with household appliances and goods.

No one was injured in both robberies, they claim.

Some of the items stolen include a television set, three cellphones, a laptop, two bags containing clothes and the other shoes.

On the second occasion they took keys to the house and a motor vehicle.

Constable Sindisiwe Ngqele, communications officer at the Gugulethu Police Station, confirmed both incidents and said a case of house robbery has been opened.

“The case is still under investigation, although no arrests have been made.”

Phumelele Bikwana, a family spokesperson, said the incident has left them traumatised.

“The first incident occurred early morning on Saturday 16 June as we were busy preparing for our mother’s funeral.

“One of my sisters was busy typing the program for the funeral. The criminals kicked into the front door, but were unable to come in because of the inner burglar bars.

“Then they went for the sliding door, broke it and also tried to bend the burglar bars, but failed.

“They proceeded to the back door and succeeded in breaking it open.”

According to Bikwana, by this time, his sisters had managed to lock themselves in a room.

Bikwana said he could not even leave for the cemetry as he had to wait for the police to come and take a statement and fingerprints.

In the second instance, on Friday 29 June, the suspects gained access through the garage.

“It was clear that these people know what they want(ed) because they broke the padlock at the garage and came in through the door leading from the garage,” Bikwana said.

“They went straight into the bedroom and broke the door, but they couldn’t come in as my sisters were screaming, calling for help. They (criminals) then ran away.”

On their way out they snatched the keys and ran away in a getaway car which was parked outside, Bikwana added.

He said the family suspected foul play, as it seemed they have a job to carry out.

“These people are not coming here to steal, but to kill. Who comes in at six in the morning to steal? My sisters are lucky that they are still alive,” he said.

Nokuzola Bikwana reiterated her brother’s sentiments, but said the police were not helping either.

“There is a camera installed at the corners of NY6 and 108. I asked the police officers to show me the footage. They refused.”

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