Intercape, a luxury trainer transport solution in Southern Africa, has confirmed that 8 armed robbers stood up among its buses taking a trip from Johannesburg to Harare (in Zimbabwe) on Saturday 7 December 2019.
The event, in which 4 of the gang participants had actually apparently boarded the bus previously claiming to be travelers, occurred at around 23h00. The break-in supposedly occurred near Kranskop tollgate on the N1 in Limpopo. Two of the ‘pretend’ passengers pointed weapons at the vehicle driver and also ordered him to quit whilst an additional vehicle drew up with about four more gang members that climbed aboard and proceeded to rob the travelers.
In a declaration, the Intercape bus business said: “This totally arbitrary, uncontrollable act by crooks masquerading as guests is been sorry for by Intercape.
“We wish to confirm that as an organisation we strive to maintain our guests secure at all times. Intercape would love to apologise to our most valued passengers for any type of inconvenience.”
One of the passengers described the frightening occasions on the night, after it took place:
“For coworkers that might prepare to travel to SA by roadway, please be cautioned. I am on an lnter Cape bus right currently and right before midnight we experienced a stunning break-in performed motion picture design by 8 armed robbers (one had AK rifle, others had pistols and also blades)
“4 were on the bus as guests who stopped the bus, as well as they were joined by extra 4 guys to make 8 in overall, they terrorized all travelers and also demanded cash and also cellular phones.
“Some were beaten yet nobody seriously injured. My household is OKAY but we are greatly shocked. We shed 2 phones as well as simply over 1,500 Rands, my son lost a jacket and l likewise shed a pouch which had my cars and truck secrets.
“We give thanks to God that we live and have all our keys. l will reconsider seeing SA by road. For as soon as l appreciate our lovely nation with all its blemishes.
“As burglary occurred we were regulated to close curtains as well as not to take a look at them, l was roughed up a bit however l had currently concealed my 2nd phone handset however one of the most frightening part was watching partner and children being intimidated and also not being able to interfere by any means.
“We passed through some police headquarters in SA but they really did not seem that interested so currently l am only eager to obtain out of this nation. Also grateful to chauffeur that handled to continue driving while the entire burglary took place was recurring.”
The passenger stated he has actually since become aware of a comparable break-in a couple of days before in which individuals were harmed, and also advised coworkers in foreign nations to think about alternative traveling setups if visiting South Africa, or to take safety measures.
Intercape bus firm claims the case has actually been reported to the South African Authorities Solution (SAPS) in Polokwane. No arrests have been made.