Suspects armed with pangas strike at family gathering

Westonaria police officers. Photo : Submitted

Four men, armed with firearms, pangas and knives recently targeted a house full of people situated in Railway Street in Westonaria.

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Warrant Officer Raymond Sebonyane, Westonaria Police’s spokesperson, confirmed that they are investigating a case of house robbery after four armed suspects entered the family’s home at about 8.45pm on Sunday, 9 April.

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The complainant, a 33-year-old man, said he was in his home with his wife, two children and ten of his friends when four men gained access to the house through the open front door.

“One suspect, wearing a black balaclava, had a handgun, while the other three unmasked suspects had pangas and a knife. The suspects spoke Shangaan and Zulu,” Sebonyane said.

The suspects took the complainant’s cellphone from him, a tablet from the bedroom and two cellphones from his friends. The value of the stolen goods is estimated at R5 000.

“They then fled on foot. No shots were fired and no injuries was sustained. The complainant’s wife will be able to identify the three unmasked suspects,” Sebonyane added.

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