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Updated: Gold dealer loses R500K to armed robbers

By Vumani Mthiyane

The Police are searching for four armed suspects who raided a Gwanda supermarket owned by a well known gold dealer on Monday evening and got away with R500 000 and US$6 000.

The robbers who were armed with pistols pounced on the grocery shop at Nare Business Centre at around 6.30 pm, demanding cash and gold.

National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating the circumstances in which a supermarket at Nare Business Centre, Gwanda (CBD) was robbed of USD6 000 and ZAR 500 000 on 26th April 2021 by four armed suspects who are yet to be identified,” said Assistant Comm Nyathi.

“The criminals attacked the complainant Thokozile Zororo who is now recovering at Gwanda Provincial Hospital.”

The robbers reportedly fired one shot into the air before one of them hit the female shop attendant on the back of her head.

“I was approached by three men whom I did not suspect were robbers. They were all putting on black caps and masks making it difficult to identify them. One of them demanded cash and gold from me before firing one shot into the air,” said Zororo, as she narrated her ordeal.

“However, when I bent down to collect the cash I was struck by a gun at the back of my head and I collapsed.”

After collecting the loot, the robbers reportedly fired four more shots into the air before disappearing.

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