KAMHLUSHWA – “We’ve already killed that dog,” armed robbers told Khethiwe Kitoco when she said her husband had the keys to their home safe.
Two men fatally shot Talegate Bonse shortly after they broke into the family’s house early on Monday morning.
According to Const Zithulele Mhlongo of KaMhlushwa SAPS, the victims heard the door being broken and two armed suspects rushed in. One had a hammer, while the other’s weapon was hidden. Their faces were half-covered. They threatened Talegate, his wife, children and parents.
The duo took Talegate to another room and minutes later his family heard a gunshot. The suspects came back into the room and demanded money from the family.
They found around R10 000 in Kitoco’s handbag and took several cellphones. The suspects then demanded the keys to the safe. When Kitoco told them that her husband would know where they were, they said that they had already killed him.
Kitoco told police that the suspects spent almost two hours in the house torturing them. They also searched the house, eventually finding the safe’s keys in Talegate’s vehicle.
They only found documents in the safe and then left. The victims went to get help from the neighbours. Talegate was rushed to Tonga Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.
Police were notified about 05:00 and rushed to the scene.
A case of armed robbery and murder was opened and police are still investigating.
On Saturday KaMhlushwa Police managed to thwart a robbery at Goodluck Tavern. A tavern assistant was asleep inside the building around 03:00 when he heard someone at the door. He immediately called the police for assistance.
When they arrived, they spotted about six suspects. One of them fired a shot at the police as the group fled. Police followed, but lost them. No one was injured.
According to Mhlongo, the same tavern was robbed on July 27 and suspects fled with around R35 000.
Investigations are still continuing.
Anyone with information regarding these three cases is urged to call WO Mduduzi Shongwe on 082-389-8127.
Nyambi once again urged tavern owners to close at the stipulated time. Taverns that are open later than legally allowed, draw criminals and give rise to various crimes such as assault, rape and robbery.