Matabeleland South police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said the province was not taking chances in its fight against crime.
“We have been experiencing cases of armed robbery, assaults and murder, whereby dangerous weapons are used in committing the crimes. For example, in the past three days, we have recorded at least three cases of armed robbery,” Ndebele told Southern Eye early this week.
On Sunday, a gang of four men, armed with a hammer, logs and a gun, attacked a Gwanda family and got away with more thanZAR50 000 the family had received as bride price the previousday.
Added Ndebele: “The other contributing factor (to these crimes) is that people are keeping large sums of money at home, becoming easy targets for criminals. That is the challenge we are facing.”
In an earlier statement, Ndebele said: “During the ban, we will intensify patrols and conduct stop and search operations. Anyone found in possession of any of these weapons will be prosecuted and the weapons confiscated.”
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