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Monday, August 17, 2009

South Africa:MDC Minister robbed in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of National Housing Fidelis Mhashu was allegedly attacked in an armed robbery on Friday evening at a friend’s house in South Africa. The Zimbabwe Telegraph reports.

The minister had visited a friend in the posh suburb of Bryanston when the armed robbers strike.

Although the South African police did not name the minister because they had not yet sought permission from Zimbabwean Authorities, sources said its Mhashu.

The sources said Mhashu was attacked while having supper at the house when a number of men armed with AK rifles pounced on them.

SA National Police Crime Intelligence, spokesperson, Tumi Golding confirmed the attack to the media in the neighbouring country, although she did not divulge Mr Mhashu’s name.

She said the gang demanded money after assaulting them.

“They were having supper when a number of men with guns entered the house, tied them up, assaulted them and demanded money,” she said.

She said the incident took place on Friday night in the posh Bryanston quarter in the north of Johannesburg.

“The minister was visiting a family friend when the robbers came and made off with jewellery, money and electronic goods” she was quoted as saying.

Golding said she could not reveal the identity of the minister or why he was in the country as she was waiting for clearance from Zimbabwean authorities.

The minister becomes the second high-ranking official in the All Inclusive Government to be at the mercy of armed robbers after the Minister of Regional Integration and International Corporation Ms Priscilla Misihairambwi- Mushonga was robbed two months ago at her home in Harare.

The robbers escaped with household property and her vehicle, which was later found dumped in the capital city.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest crime rates and is struggling to clean up its record before hosting the Football World Cup next year.

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