ZIMBABWE international Khama Billiat was a little bit shaken up but is now in lively spirits after he was robbed at gunpoint in Sunninghill, South Africa on Thursday evening, the Daily News can report.
Billiat was intercepted by gun-toting thugs, who took away his cash, jewellery and other items before ransacking his bespoke Range Rover Lumma.
The Kaizer Chiefs forward, who is one of the highest paid footballers in the Super Diski, was not harmed during the robbery as the attackers were only after his belongings.
“Yes it’s true. They (robbers) were following him in Sunninghill before they eventually pounced,” a source close to Billiat told the Daily News yesterday. “Obviously, he was a little disturbed during and after the incident but he is fine now.”
Kaizer Chiefs spokesperson Vina Maphosa told South African media they would provide a statement once they have all the necessary details from Billiat. The Daily News understands that Billiat will be included in coach Ernst Middendorp’s squad for today’s Nedbank Cup round of 16 clash against Highlands Park at the Makhulong Stadium.
Sunninghill, a commercial and residential suburb in Johannesburg, is considered to be one of the safer areas in Johannesburg.
Most of the townhouses and properties in the area are in gated communities with access controlled by armed guards.
However, Billiat is a conspicuous individual due to his fashion taste and choice of vehicles making him a target of criminals.
This is the second time in three years that Billiat has been caught up in a robbery after he was involved in a similar incident in 2017.
The 29-year-old and three other shoppers were inside a service station convenience store when six robbers armed with AK-47 assault rifles stormed the building.
All the occupants in the store were ordered to lie down on the floor while the robbers focused on forcibly taking money out of an ATM inside the shop. Billiat lost a valuable watch and a wallet during the heist.
South African authorities have for many years battled to control the crime rate and things came to a standstill in October 2014 when the-then Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates number 1 Senzo Meyiwa was killed during a robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus.
Meyiwa’s death brought the gun violence in South Africa in the spotlight as it made headline news all over the world.
However, there have been no leads in the case up until this day with no suspect yet to appear in court over the murder almost six years after the incident.