It may sound like a script for a fictitious tale but it’s real. A man who was fetching water at Mcumbatha High School was dragged by a car for almost 100 metres by unknown men who forcibly took his portable radio and demanded cash.
The dramatic incident happened last week on Sunday at around 4.30 pm at the said school in Emganwini suburb in Bulawayo.
A source who witnessed the incident said while Mqhelisi Ncube (26) of Emganwini suburb was fetching water at the school two unknown male adults pounced on him.
“They demanded cash but he told them that he had no cash. That did not go down well with the pair as one of them hit him with open hands while trying to forcibly take car keys from his hand. But he kept a tight grip on them and refused to let go,” said the source.
Seeing that their efforts were hitting a brick wall, the source said one of the accomplices ran to Mqhelisi’s car and took his portable radio. The source said the man then ran to their white BMW car which they had parked near the school gate. Mqhelisi summoned courage and gave chase.
“He got into their car. One of the men pushed him (Mqhelisi) out while another one firmly held his hand. The other guy started the car and drove off while pulling him. They pulled him for almost 100 metres. They dumped him, causing him to fall on the ground and he suffered head injuries. During the process his cellphone, a Samsung Galaxy J5 which was in the pocket fell and was crushed by the car,” said the source.
The value of the damaged cell phone and portable radio is estimated to be US$160.
Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident and appealed for information that might lead to the arrest of the two assailants who are on the run.