The office of Mpumalanga police boss lieutenant-general Mondli Zuma promised they would look into the matter.
The cellphone of the detective assigned to investigate and find the four men who kidnapped and robbed JS Moroka mayor Gijimani Skhosana has been off since the cops issued a statement appealing to anyone with information to call them.
The police are investigating a case of kidnapping and house robbery after the incident on Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, the office of provincial boss lieutenant-general Mondli Zuma pleaded with the community to come forward with any information that can lead to the arrest of the men, saying Zuma himself was “saddened by the barbaric attack”.
Lieutenant-colonel Dudu Poto is the detective assigned to the case.
Police spokesman Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said he also tried to phone the number on Friday mid-day and was also greeted by a voice saying ‘the number you have dialled is not available’.
The number has been off since at least Thursday morning when the cops issued the statement asking the public to assist with information.
“There might be problems with network,” Sedibe said on late Friday.
“I have phoned the station and colleagues gave me the same number, it’s the correct number. I think it’s network. But we’ll look at it and try to provide an alternative one,” he said.
Skhosana sustained head injuries after the men hit him with a pistol and was rushed to a local clinic on the same Wednesday night, the cops said.
He was coming from work after 9pm and when he was about to lock the gate, the four men emerged and attacked him.
Cops said they then forced him into the house where they took a plasma screen TV and returned to the car with him, forcing him inside before driving away with him.
He was abandoned in Kwaggafontein where he sought help from the local community members, who called the cops.
His car, a black Golf 6 GTI, was also abandoned in the same Kwaggafontein area, in Section A and both the TV and cellphone were not found.
Nkangala ANC spokesman Sello Matshoga said the semi-suburb section D area of Siyabuswa is “crime infested”.
“According to a police report there has been an increase in the number of house robberies that have taken place in that area,” he said.
“We just hope that they will be arrested soon because the police said they left a lot of finger-prints on the car,” added Matshoga.
- Now the alternative number is 082-065-1366 and that is Captain Andries Makinta.
(edited by MLM)
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