Part­ners in crime gun down Zim thug in Jo’burg

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A ZIM­BAB­WEAN armed rob­ber based in South Africa was shot dead in a nasty shoot out fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween gang mem­bers on how to share some loot.

Quiet Mpofu (26) of Shaba Vil­lage un­der Chief Gampu in Tsholot­sho was shot once in the head and once in the chest by a fel­low gang mem­ber on Satur­day.

An­other ac­com­plice, al­leged to be a Zim­bab­wean, was in­jured and is hos­pi­talised in South Africa fol­low­ing dif­fer­ences when it was time to share the loot be­tween the gang mem­bers made up of Zim­bab­weans and South Africans.

The shootout oc­curred on Satur­day night in Hill­brow, Johannesburg where all five gang mem­bers al­legedly lived.

Mpofu was al­leged to have last vis­ited Tsholot­sho last month and dur­ing the visit he is al­leged to have moved around armed with a pis­tol, threat­en­ing to shoot some vil­lagers.

A source close to Mpofu’s fam­ily said all the gang mem­bers fled from the scene fol­low­ing the shoot out, leav­ing Mpofu for dead.

The de­ceased’s fa­ther, Mr Mt­shu­mayeli Mpofu, said his son was pro­nounced dead upon ad­mis­sion to Hill­brow General Hospi­tal.

“It is sad to lose a child in such a man­ner. I know my son was a gang­ster down in South Africa and as much as it is sad that he was shot, I am not sur­prised this hap­pened. He has his broth­ers there, but Quiet led a dif­fer­ent and dan­ger­ous life­style. Such a life is even more dan­ger­ous in South Africa be­cause the thugs there do not value hu­man life,” said Mr Mpofu.

“Right now, I am busy run­ning around with my ward coun­cil­lor who is as­sist­ing me to en­sure that I get iden­tity doc­u­men­ta­tion for my son as he didn’t have even a birth cer­tifi­cate. He also did not have a fu­neral pol­icy or what­ever and I am in a tight sit­u­a­tion to make sure the body comes home for a de­cent burial.”

Mr Mpofu said he had six sons and he had lost his fifth born child whom he said had died like a dog.

Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor Pa­trick Ng­wenya, who is as­sist­ing Mr Mpofu to en­sure that the body is brought home, ex­pressed con­cern about peo­ple from his area dy­ing due to vi­o­lent crime in South Africa.

He said Mpofu last vis­ited Zim­babwe last month and dur­ing that time, he threat­ened to shoot some peo­ple.

“Ev­ery now and then, my ward loses a child, rel­a­tive, friend or par­ent in South Africa due to shoot­ings, grue­some mur­ders and road traffic ac­ci­dents. He was here just last month and dur­ing that time, I must con­fess, I re­ceived a lot of com­plaints from vil­lagers who claimed to have been threat­ened by the young man. He was al­ways armed with a pis­tol and threat­ened to shoot many peo­ple when­ever he vis­ited home,” Cllr Ng­wenya said.

He urged youths to shun crime and con­cen­trate on their stud­ies to get de­cent jobs.

“It is very em­bar­rass­ing to al­ways ad­dress a fu­neral where ev­ery­one is well aware of the de­ceased’s gang­ster life­style when they are out­side the coun­try,” said Cllr Ng­wenya.

He said they were not sure when Mpofu’s body would be brought home for burial as he did not have iden­tity doc­u­ments.—@win­ne_­masara

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