Armed robbers pounce on MDC official in SA


MDC youth secretary-general Discent Collins Bajila yesterday said he was robbed of cash and a mobile phone at gunpoint in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Bajila, who was the Welshman Ncube-led party’s candidate for Matobo South in the July 31 elections, said he suspected the robbers were Zimbabweans because they “spoke fluent Zezuru”.

He said the robbery occurred just before 7am in the Yeovile area of Johannesburg.
Bajila had posted on Facebook: “It’s a sad day. I was robbed at gun point by five Zimbabweans in Johannesburg this morning.

“I say Zimbabweans because they spoke fluent Zezuru. I am fine though.”
He later told Southern Eye that he had just arrived in the area from Soweto by taxi when the robbers pounced.

“I was looking for a taxi to another area when I was approached by two guys who offered to help find the taxi,” he said.

Bajila said he got alarmed when he saw the numbers of the men pursuing him swelling.
“They suddenly turned around and demanded money saying they could no longer take me to the taxis,” he said. “I gave them R100, but they said the money was too little before demanding that I give them a phone.

“Luckily, I had two phones and I decided to give them one which had a Zimbabwean sim card, but they kept demanding for more money. I gave them another 100 rand note, but they persisted.

“However, when I reached for my pocket they started running away, probably thinking I wanted to fetch a gun.”

He said the robbers were armed with a gun, knife and screwdriver.

Johannesburg has one of the highest crime rates in the world with most of the criminals believed to be foreigners.

A number of Zimbabweans have also been arrested in South Africa for violent crimes including armed robbery.