Machete robber shot dead in Esigodini


Vasco Chaya


A MACHETE- WIELDING robber was shot dead in Esigodini on Friday by law enforcers after resisting arrest, the police have confirmed.

The police urged criminal elements to always comply with lawful orders.

“The ZRP is warning all criminal elements committing crimes and in the process try to resist lawful arrest by police officers. The warning follows an incident in Esigodini on October 23 at 0230hours, where a suspect of robbery resisted arrest and tried to attack the police officers with a machete.

“The suspect was shot and died on the spot before his two accomplices were arrested,” ZRP national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said yesterday.

In the process, the police recovered a number of “tools of the trade” used by the suspected armed robber to commit crimes around the area.

“The machete, an axe, catapult and big chisel were recovered in a black Toyota Corolla. Investigations so far have established that the registration number AAU 8360 on the recovered Toyota Corolla was for another vehicle,” Nyathi said.

The incident comes barely a day after 14 people in Fort Rixon were attacked by a machete-wielding gang.

“At least 14 people were injured and robbed of various properties at Claremount Business Centre, Fort Rixon, on October 22 at 0300 hours, after 25 suspects stormed the business centre armed with machetes, axes and iron bars before destroying several tuck shops, tents and cabins,” Nyathi said.

The victims lost valuables to the assailants.

“The assailants stole various valuables, property and went away. Investigations on the matter are in progress,” the police said.

Last month, about 30 machete-wielding men stormed Mount Royal Business Centre in Fort Rixon and attacked people at the place before setting alight two tuckshops.  A Nissan Carravan belonging to the suspects was burnt in the melee.

Nyathi said the operation Chikorokoza Ngachipere / Isitsheketsha Kasiphele and no to Machete Gangs, launched late last year by police to curb anarchy in the country is going ahead. 

So far at least 50 000 people have been arrested in the operation Chikorokoza Ngachipere / Isitsheketsha Kasiphele and no to Machete Gangs.

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