Mashudu Netsianda Senior Reporter
A ZIMBABWEAN pastor and his wife were shot and killed by two armed robbers in South Africa while their two daughters, one of them aged three years, watched helplessly. The armed robbers went away with two cellphones and a laptop.
Alexandra Police Station spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo confirmed the incident, which occurred on Thursday shortly after 2am at the couple’s rented home in Scottsville Extension in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal Province.
Capt Kholeka Mhlongo said the suspects used a concrete brick to break the front door to gain entry into the house.
He identified the deceased pastor as Proud Kanyungwe (32) and his wife, Belinda Tarisai Mukucha (28).
Kanyungwe was a senior pastor at the Grace International Church.
Capt Mhlongo said Kanyungwe woke up and went to investigate after hearing noise.
“Two armed gunmen entered the deceased’s rented house at around 2am. We suspect when he (Kanyungwe) saw the door opening he tried to wrestle with the suspects and during the scuffle, one of the two men pulled out a gun and shot him,” he said.
The suspects then got into the house and shot Mukucha, while she was walking out of her bedroom as her children were watching.
The suspects came through the backyard and tried to gain entry through the garage roof.
“They removed some tiles and couldn’t get access into the house. They then came to open the garage door and disconnected the alarm there,” said Capt Mhlongo.
He said the robbers then forced open the security gate and hit the door with a concrete brick.
The suspects are still at large and police have since launched a manhunt for them.
The incident comes barely a month after another Bulawayo woman was shot 13 times by unknown suspects, while on her way to catch a taxi in Pretoria’s Soshanguve area.
The woman identified as Sikhethiwe Moyo (30) died on the spot.
The suspects took out a cellphone SIM card from her phone and fled.
The phone was found next to her body.