Man in critical condition after brutal robbery in Bulawayo
A resident of Nketa suburb in Bulawayo is currently fighting for his life at Mpilo Central Hospital after being attacked by a gang of robbers. The assailants stoned him and struck him with broken pieces of bricks on the head, leaving him severely injured.
The robbers allegedly stole his cellphone and US$50 during the incident.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident and warned community members about the risks associated with boarding pirate taxis or unofficial transport vehicles. She specifically mentioned that Honda Fit vehicles are often used by criminals for their illicit activities. Boarding such vehicles, especially at night, could put individuals at a higher risk of being attacked and robbed.
According to a source, the victim, Nkosikhona Moyo (23), boarded a Honda Fit near his home in Nketa suburb with the intention of travelling to Nkulumane suburb. The vehicle had a male and a female occupant. Upon reaching Nkulumane clinic, the driver claimed that the car had developed a mechanical fault and asked Moyo and the other passenger to disembark. The driver then drove off with the remaining passenger, leaving Moyo behind.
As Moyo was walking to the bus stop, he suddenly found himself under attack. Eight men approached him, throwing stones in his direction. Realizing the imminent danger, Moyo tried to escape but tripped and fell to the ground. The assailants mercilessly struck him with a brick on the head, causing him to lose consciousness. After the attack, the robbers searched Moyo, taking his cellphone and the US$50 he possessed before fleeing the scene.
Moyo reported the incident to the police, who are currently investigating the matter. The severity of his injuries necessitated his admission to Mpilo Central Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
This incident serves as a reminder for residents to prioritize their safety and avoid using unofficial transport options, particularly during nighttime. The police continue to urge individuals to opt for public transport vehicles or registered taxis to mitigate the risk of falling victim to criminal activities.