Brian Vundla (31) of Pumula South suburb in Bulawayo suffered the indignity of being force-marched in his underwear throughout his family house by armed robbers who got away with property worth over a US$1 000 and cash.
The robbers, numbering six, were armed with an Okapi knife and a machete.
The robbery happened two weeks ago.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident: “I can confirm that we are investigating a case of unlawful entry and robbery, where six unknown men used a sharp object to break a bedroom window pane before gaining entry into Brian Vundla’s house in Pumula South suburb. They took cash, cellphones, jackets, blankets and a pair of sneakers.”
Insp Ncube said the total value of stolen property is US$1 050. Nothing has been recovered yet.
He appealed for information that may lead to the arrest of the six unknown men.
“Members of the public can contact any nearest police station or put information in our suggestion boxes,” he said.
A source close to investigations said Brian got the shock of his life when he was awakened by two of the six robbers who were standing by his bedside brandishing a machete and an Okapi knife.
“He felt numb. He groped for his trousers, but it was too late as they sternly warned him to stop acting childish and give them money while prodding him with a machete,” said the source.
Gripped with fear, the source said, Brian gave them US$10 and R250.
They demanded more as they forced marched him to a spare bedroom.
A family member said it was a scary sight as Brian stormed into their spare bedroom in his underwear while being escorted by robbers who were pointing a knife to his head.
“They told us to cover ourselves with blankets and never to scream while threatening to kill us. They ordered our brother (Brian) to show them where we had put money but he told them that there was no extra money except the one he surrendered to them, after that they took two Hisense cellphones, two satchel bags, a pair of Puma sneakers, two blankets, two jackets and a home theatre radio system,”said the source.
The following day Brian reported the matter at Pumula Police Station.