BULAWAYO Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Judith Ncube has raised concern over an increase in armed robbery cases in the city as she challenged law enforcement agents and members of the public to work together to end the crimes.
Bulawayo has of late been under siege from armed robbers who are targeting businesses and individuals getting away with money and property.
Last Friday six men were captured on CCTV along 10th Avenue between Fort Street and Joshua Nkomo Street assaulting two men with stones leading to the death of one while another was seriously injured.
Police managed to arrest four suspects while others are still at large.
On Saturday, a 32-year-old Cowdray Park woman, Thandolwenkosi Dube was shot twice in the head and died instantly during a robbery at Liquor Supplies at Ascot Shopping Centre in Bulawayo.
The robbers are yet to be arrested as police are still conducting investigations.
Minister Ncube told a gathering attending a national fire awareness week launch for the province at Robert Sinyoka Village that action was needed to put to an end the armed robberies.
“Kulezi nsuku akumanga kuhle. I urge members of the public to join hands with police like what used to happen in the past where police and members of the public had a strong working relationship. People are being killed ruthlessly. We need to work together,” she said.