Zvishavane Resident Falls Victim to Fake Madzibaba Trio, Loses Kombi
A Zvishavane man, Mr. Brighton Masukume, found himself at the mercy of three cunning robbers disguised as members of an apostolic sect.
The criminals successfully duped Masukume, leading to the loss of his Nissan Caravan mini-bus.
According to Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko, the perpetrators contacted Mr. Masukume under the guise of being elders from an apostolic sect. They claimed to be on their way to a church gathering and expressed the need to hire his kombi.
“The unsuspecting Masukume then drove to the Batanai area in Mberengwa where the suspects were and found three men clad in white garments while appearing to be members of an apostolic church,” explained Inspector Mahoko.
The situation took a menacing turn when Mr. Masukume, attempting to negotiate the hire fare to Triangle, was suddenly confronted by one of the fake madzibaba brandishing a knife. The criminals proceeded to threaten Mr. Masukume, dragging him into nearby bushes as another assailant revealed a machete.
After immobilizing Mr. Masukume by tying him to a tree, the criminals callously drove away with the mini-bus. The unfortunate victim spent an entire night bound to the tree in the bush until he was eventually rescued by passers-by around 5 am the following morning.
Inspector Mahoko urged the public for assistance, stating, “We appeal to members of the public who might have information leading to the suspects’ arrest to approach any nearest police station.”