Man­hunt

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - By Zo­lile Men­zelwa

THE Ez­i­be­leni po­lice are look­ing for four armed rob­bers af­ter an undis­closed amount of money was al­legedly taken from the post of­fice at gun­point last Wed­nes­day - while some lo­cal men are seek­ing le­gal re­course af­ter be­ing taken into cus­tody for the crime.

Re­spond­ing to queries from The Rep, po­lice spokesman, war­rant of­fi­cer Namhla Mdle­leni, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened in the morn­ing shortly af­ter mon- ey was dropped off at the post of­fice by a cash-in-transit ve­hi­cle.

“Four armed men en­tered the post of­fice with guns and took an em­ployee and a se­cu­rity guard of the post of­fice to the of­fice of the man­ager. They then de­manded money and es­caped with the money in the man­ager’s car.”

The ve­hi­cle was later found aban­doned in Zone 1. No one was in­jured dur­ing the rob­bery and two peo­ple were taken in for ques­tion­ing, Mdle­leni said, ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for- ma­tion to con­tact the Ez­i­be­leni po­lice.

One of the peo­ple ques­tioned fol­low­ing the rob­bery, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said he and five friends had been taken into cus­tody.

He said three of the friends, in­clud­ing a preg­nant woman from Port El­iz­a­beth, had been in Ez­i­be­leni to fetch a ve­hi­cle which had given prob­lems dur­ing an ear­lier visit.

He claimed that po­lice had as­saulted some of the five and “the hand­cuffs were very tight around our wrists.” The man said an iden­tity pa­rade failed to pos­i­tively link them to the crime and “we were later let go with­out state­ments or our names (be­ing) taken.”

He claimed that upon re­turn­ing to their house, they found fur­ni­ture and clothes scat­tered around.

The house had been left un­locked and R600 and a new pair of shoes were miss­ing.

The man said while the friends had not yet opened a case, they were con­sult­ing at­tor­neys on how to pro­ceed with the mat­ter.

Pic­ture: CHUX FOURIE

IT’S COLD OUT­SIDE: While the cold front which had the Western Cape gripped firmly in its icy claws was not ex­pected to se­ri­ously af­fect the Eastern Cape this week, Queen­stown girls, from left, Mor­gan Heuer, Abongile Sol­und­wana and Jozanne Rooi were leav­ing noth­ing to chance as they bun­dled up against the cold

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