Talk of the Town

Young couple robbed

Out-of-town victims held up by five men armed with gun, knives, while fishing at Centenary Park

- JON HOUZET

Acouple in their 20s were robbed by men armed with a firearm and knives while fishing in Centenary Park in Port Alfred on Sunday.

TotT first heard about the incident when a relative of one of the victims posted on the public group Ndlambe Bargains on Monday.

“My sister and them were fishing at Centenary Park yesterday afternoon when they were robbed,” wrote Lujaune Kleu Beets.

“If anyone picks up a black and white ladies wallet with cards or just the cards in the name of C Kleu, a black leather men’s wallet with cards and a licence in the name of D Richter, a car key of an Opel Kadette with a blue gate remote with one button, and cards of C Richter, please get in contact with me.”

Beets said the couple were from Makhanda (Grahamstow­n) and did not know Centenary Park was a dangerous area.

“Thanking God that they are safe!” she said.

TotT asked the SAPS for further informatio­n about the incident.

Police spokespers­on Capt Bradley Rawlinson said the police were investigat­ing a case of robbery.

He said the victims were a 23-year-old woman and her 27year-old boyfriend, who had been fishing at Centenary Park.

At about 2.30pm, they were approached by five men who emerged from the bushes near to where they were parked.

The men had a firearm and knives and demanded cash, bank cards and wallets from the victims.

“The armed men then also took two cellphones from the complainan­t and her boyfriend before removing the sound system and speakers from the motor vehicle,” Rawlinson said. The estimated value of the loss and damages is about R30,650, he said. Port Alfred Police will be investigat­ing the robbery case and are appealing to anyone who can assist them with the investigat­ion to contact investigat­ing officer Sgt T Tokwe on 046-604-2412 or Crime Stop on 086-00-10111.

The informatio­n will be treated confidenti­ally.

In one of the responses to Beets’ post, Barry Vivier said Ndlambe municipali­ty should put a sign up at the entrance of Centenary Park to warn people that it is a high crime area.

Thanking God that they are safe! ”

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