Police 'refuse to investigate robbery suspects'

A MPUMALANGA businessman who was allegedly robbed of his revolver and money has accused the Acornhoek police of refusing to charge people who he suspects of being responsible for robbing him after his weapon was found at the scene of another robbery.

A MPUMALANGA businessman who was allegedly robbed of his revolver and money has accused the Acornhoek police of refusing to charge people who he suspects of being responsible for robbing him after his weapon was found at the scene of another robbery.

Boy Elliot Ndlovu was allegedly robbed at his general dealer shop in Cottondale early this year when a number of armed men assaulted him after breaking into his business. The robbers were apparently not even aware that Ndlovu was on guard in his shop at the time.

When they found him inside the premises, they allegedly pistol-whipped him and robbed him of his revolver and cash.

Ndlovu reported the robbery at the Acornhoek police station after being treated at the Tintswalo hospital in Acornhoek.

Police apparently recovered Ndlovu's revolver when they arrested two men who were part of a group that had just robbed the Acornhoek branch of Pep Stores on May 24. The revolver was one of two weapons police allegedly recovered after the robbery.

Local businessman Nicholas Mgiba, 34, Madala Willies Khoza, 63, Jethro Chauke, 19, and Andrew Monareng, 24, were arrested in connection with the Pep Stores robbery. After robbing Pep Stores, Khoza and Chauke allegedly hid at a nearby school's classroom where Ndlovu's gun was found on the floor.

Inspector Themba Thwala could not confirm or deny if anyone has been charged with the attack on Ndlovu.

"I still need to interact with the branch commander to find out exactly what is happening with the case before commenting," Thwala said.

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