A Bulawayo gold buyer lost $US 4000 and more than R12 000 after being robbed and shot on both legs by a six-man gang armed with an AK rifle.
Mr. Brian Gavanga was attacked by the gang that was traveling in a silver Honda Fit vehicle without registration plates at his place of work in Pumula South suburb.
The robbers are still at large and Mr. Gavanga is admitted at Mater Dei Hospital.
Another gold buyer Mr. Lawrence Mazhinje had received a call from a regular client identified as Mahlawulo Moyo, who has since been arrested. Both Gavanga and Mazhinje operate from the house of another gold buyer Mr. Lovemore Sibanda in Pumula South.
Bulawayo Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the robbery.
“I can confirm that we are dealing with a robbery that took place in Pumula South suburb where one male adult was shot. Investigations are underway. The complainant is Lovemore Sibanda, a male aged 55 of Pumula South, Bulawayo, a registered gold buyer. The accused persons are six unknown male adults who are still at large,” said Chief Inspector Simango.
She said Mr. Gavanga was rushed to Mater Dei hospital following the shooting.
Chief Inspector Simango said Gavanga had opened the gate, assuming that the regular client Mahlawulo Moyo had arrived, only to be met by the gang of robbers in the Honda Fit.
“ Six unknown male adults, armed with an AK rifle, machete, and an axe, disembarked from an unregistered grey-silver Honda fit and entered the yard. One of the suspects shot Brian Gavanga on the left and right ankle and demanded money and gold from him.
“The accused forced Gavanga into the room where Lawrence Mazhinje was and demanded more money from him,” said Chief Insp Simango.
Seven grammes of gold were recovered from Moyo following his arrest.