Patrol unit comes in line of fire

2018-02-15 06:00
CPU member Mzimkhulu Nobomvu was shot and wounded when a suspect opened fire on their car.

CPU member Mzimkhulu Nobomvu was shot and wounded when a suspect opened fire on their car.

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A group of civilian crime fighters in Khayelitsha’s B Section are livid after their members came under attack and were shot at during a patrol in the area.

Mzimkhulu Nobomvu, 62, is recovering after he and a woman, who was a suspect in a theft and robbery sting, came under the attack.

The woman is in a serious but stable condition, according to police. The incident took place in the C Section of the area.

Nobomvu and other residents were part of the Crime Prevention Unit, an organisation that conducts crime interventions such as tracing stolen goods and works with the police to identify crime hot spots.

The trouble began when a house was reportedly robbed of a Plasma TV on Saturday.

On the following morning the residents and members of the unit then found the alleged culprits-a man and a woman- at a house in C Section.

They then moved on to a house where the goods were allegedly sold to.

It was the home of a local businessman, who conceded to have bought the stolen property from the thieves, although he had stored them somewhere else.

According to the shooting victim Nobomvu: “So we decided to take his TV to the police station so that he can get it back when he returns the stolen one,” said Nobomvu.

“The father of the buyer arrived while we were negotiating with him outside his house and, brandishing a firearm.

“We decided to vacate the premises with the instruction to bring the TV along, but, as we were driving away, shots rang out.

I was sitting at the back(of the vehicle) flanked by the man and the woman who had stolen the TV. The woman shouted that we were being shot at,” said Nobomvu.

He said he only noticed that he was hit as the driver was speeding away. The bullet had entered his shoulder.

The woman was received four gunshot wounds and is in a critical but stable condition at the Tygerberg Hospital.

“It was a terrifying experience as we always try to be peaceful but that man wanted to kill us. I am not okay, I am in pain and I can’t believe I was that close to dying,” he said.

The driver of the vehicle, Bonginkosi Mgodlwana,40, said that he also doesn’t know how they managed to escape with their lives.

“I didn’t hear the first shot. I only realised that we were being shot at when the second shot rang out. I tried my best to drive fast but it was a terrifying experience, very traumatising,” said Mgodlwana.

A suspect has appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court.

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