Left traumatised, a family man from Osizweni, who transports children to and from school—had social media comes to his rescue following an audacious home invasion on Friday morning, 7 May 2021.
Wishing to be known only by his first name, Sanele explains, “At about 4.45 am, I heard a noise in the house and got up to investigate, only to see a man with a firearm.” The suspect then tied Sanele up, alongside his girlfriend, before escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as the minibus used to transport school children for an income.
After the man left, he says, “We shouted, calling for help, and a neighbour came to our rescue. From there, I immediately went to the police to open up a case.” Having come face to face with an armed suspect in his home, Sanele explains that during the incident, he remained calm. “When someone has a gun, you don’t try to fight. I just let things fly as they wanted.”
As his means of income, his vehicle needed to be found. This saw, Sanele’s sister immediately take to social media, posting an image, and contact details, urging the community to assist her brother in locating his minibus. The Newcastle community jumped to their aid, with Newcastillains reporting, the minibus was standing abandoned on the road near KwaMdakane. Sanele said, “When we got the call about the vehicle, we immediately called the police and rushed out to where my vehicle was seen. The guys didn’t take anything from it, and it was just locked and left there.”
Elated his minibus had been returned, he extends his gratitude to everyone involved in finding it. However, still incredibly shaken by what transpired, he states, “I have been transporting school children since 2012, and this is the first time anything like this has happened to me. I have a baby that is not even a full month old yet, and I don’t know exactly how I feel or what I would do to those involved.” This, he says, is because his child was in the house when the incident unfolded. “What could have happened to my baby if things went wrong?”
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