Owner of Mzoli's Place robbed
The owner of the famous Cape Town shisanyama, Mzoli's Place, has again fallen prey to crime.
Mzoli Ngcawuzele and his wife were robbed of an undisclosed amount of money in their Gugulethu home on Sunday evening. Ngcawuzele's eatery has grown to become a major tourist drawcard for the township over the years. In 2006, his daughter, Sisanda, was kidnapped for a R300 000 ransom. Yesterday Ngcawuzele was still shaken about his ordeal.
“I am still shocked, this was my first time to experience something like this. I am busy arranging for my wife to go for counselling.” said Ngcawuzele.
He believes the robbery had been carefully planned before being carried out. Ngcawuzele was returning from a family dinner at his brother's place when a group of armed men pounced as he entered his home. He said the men demanded money and told him that they had no intentions of hurting him.
“I drove past two cars that were parked on the side of the road about 200m from my home and I didn't suspect anything at the time. I only realised when I was being held at gunpoint that those were the same cars I had seen earlier,” Ngcawuzele said.
“I told them that I would cooperate with them but they should not hurt us and I gave them a substantial amount of cash.”
Ngcawuzele said police responded within five minutes. He said there has been incidents of petty crime in the area but not as serious as his encounter. Police would only confirm that a house robbery in a Gugulethu residence was being investigated. Suspects were yet to be arrested and no one was injured.
“The 58-year old complainant and his wife were confronted by a group seven armed suspects when they arrived home and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash,” said Western Cape police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut.
Sisanda's kidnappers were sentenced to between between seven and 12 years in prison.