Crime & courts

Man sets armed thugs on mum & sister

A BULAWAYO man bit the hand that feeds him when he connived with three men armed with machetes and knives to rob his mother and sister who had just arrived in the country from the United Kingdom.


The two women, who lost US$6 000 in property and money, endured hours under hostage, with their hands tied together as their attackers threatened them.


The mother and daughter also had an added burden of fearing for the man’s safety, as they believed he had been kidnapped by vicious thugs because he had been bundled into a car that drove off at high speed.


Justine Ndebele (35) from Burnside suburb, who is now on the run, allegedly teamed up with Mehluli Ncube (29), Terrence Tafadzwa George Shumba (28) both from Barbourfields suburb and another suspect only identified as Jason to rob his mother and sister.

Justine allegedly survives from handouts from the pair and lives in a plush house in the leafy suburb due to their benevolence.


The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 4PM soon after Justine’s mother Ms Catherine Mashakata and his sister Ms Reina Ndebele (33) landed at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport.


Mrs Mashakata had arranged that her son would pick them from airport to their residence.

Justine arrived at the airport and welcomed his mother and sister as they boarded his Toyota Wish, headed home.

Upon approaching the Nkayi-Bulawayo Highway, Justine took a sudden turn onto a gravel road, telling his mother and sister that he was taking a short route to their home.


Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said shortly after he made the turn, a white Honda Fit without number plates drove past them and blocked their way.


“Out of the vehicle came three men who were wielding machetes and knives who threatened them and demanded that they hand over all their belongings. The suspects tied all the three and one of them force-marched the son into the Honda Fit vehicle and drove away with him. The other two suspects Mehluli and Terrence took over the Toyota Wish and drove into the city centre with both the mother and daughter as their hostages. Their hands were still tied,” said Insp Ncube.


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