Motaung robbed at watering hole
Armed thugs hold up popular joint
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.