Thugs clean up laptops at Zwane

2019-04-25 06:00
JL Zwane in Gugulethu where the robbery took place.PHOTO: unathi obose

JL Zwane in Gugulethu where the robbery took place.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Members of the Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology at JL Zwane Centre, in Gugulethu, were left traumatised last week after armed robbers entered their training room and robbed the facilitator of a wallet, cellphone and 10 laptops.

Linda Mhasa, training coordinator at Richfield, said the thugs arrived before the start of the class on Thursday 18 April. He said while the facilitator was preparing for the start of the lesson, a man walked in and asked whether they had internet access.

Without the facilitator suspecting any pending danger, Mhasa said three armed men walked in and threatened the facilitator. They demanded his wallet and cellphone.

“One guy stood by the door. The other one pointed a firearm at him (facilitator) and instructed him to lie down while the third guy was searching him and took out his wallet with undisclosed cash and a cellphone. And they also took 10 laptops and fled the scene with feet,” said Mhasa.

They then disappeared leaving the facilitator in shock. Mhasa said they were renting the offices at JL Zwane as part of their outreach programme to empower unemployed youth in Gugulethu with computer skills.

Manager at JL Zwane Sakhele Plaatjie confirmed the incident. He said it was not the first time a similar incident happened at the premises. “Last year our receptionist was robbed of her cellphone and she never found it,” he said. He added that they are intending to beef up security.

Gugulethu police station spokesperson Constable Sindisiwe Ngqele said a case of business robbery was opened and police are still searching for the suspects.

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