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.
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