Mo­taung robbed at wa­ter­ing hole

Armed thugs hold up pop­u­lar joint

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Amos Mananyetso Meta Mphahlele news@sun­day­

Kaizer Chiefs foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung lost some of his valu­ables when a pub he was in was robbed at gun­point by tsot­sis in the early hours of Mon­day.

The in­ci­den­thap­pened atthe pop­u­lar D’Bango pub and restau­rant in At­teridgeville, Pre­to­ria, where Mo­taung and other high-pro­file pa­trons were chill­ing fromSun­day into the early hours of Mon­day.

Bob Steak, as the Chiefs boss is af­fec­tion­ately known to mil­lions of soc­cer fans, frater­nised the drink­ing hole after his side played against Su­perS­port United at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium in the same town­ship on Sun­day.

Mo­taung could­not com­ment yes­ter­day as he was in a meet­ing.

Chiefs spokesper­son Vina Maphosa de­clined to com­ment, say­ing the mat­ter was per­sonal an­donly the­club boss could com­ment.

D’Bango owner Obert Masipa con­firmed that three armed ban­dits stormed his joint and robbed his pa­trons.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lun­gelo Dlamini con­firmed the case. “A case of busi­ness rob­bery is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion butno one­has­been ar­rested. It is al­leged that a group of three un­known men at­tacked pa­trons at a lo­cal pub in At­teridgevil­le­and robbedthe­mof their cell phone and watches.

“The owner of the pub was also robbed of an ex­pen­sive watch. The value of the stolen goods is worth about R100 000. Un­for­tu­nately, this of­fice is not at lib­erty to dis­close the names aswellas­the num­berofthe­vic­tims that were robbed,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment seen by Sun­day World, Masipa told the po­lice that the three gang­sters re­lieved him of his Hublot wrist­watch worth R82 000. “He was in­side the premises with his cus­tomers en­joy­ing them­selves, and three African males en­tered the premises with firearms wear­ing bal­a­clavas. They pointed at them with the firearms and or­dered every­one to lie on­the floor. The sus­pects fled the scene with a white Volk­swa­gen Polo Vivo,” reads a part of the state­ment.

One of the pa­trons who wit- nessed the rob­bery said a quick-think­ing Mo­taungsaved his ex­pen­sive wrist­watch by tak­ing it off dur­ing the fra­cas.

“I think those boys tar­geted him be­cause they re­turned a few mo­ments after they left and­looked forhim, say­ingthey wanted his watch. But Mo­taung is street­wise, he was al­ready gone when they came and pointed at us with firearms for the se­cond time. The only thingthey took­fromhim wasa man bag,” said the man.

Sev­eral neigh­bours, a Chiefs of­fi­cial and po­lice­men said they heard about the rob­bery and that the Polo was later re­cov­ered dumped on the side of the road at the other end of the town­ship.

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