Two Zimbabwean nationals were last week robbed and brutally murdered and their car burnt to ashes in the Amanzimtoti area in Durban, South Africa, in a chilling incident that has left locals shell-shocked.
The two, Mthabisi Ncube, also known as Mtee Billionaire Cube, and his business partner Lux Tendai Chingariri were reportedly in the company of two of their South African employees, who reportedly fled the scene on sensing danger.
According to their business associates, King Matanda, the duo had gone to the reserve area to burn vehicle looms to extract copper for resale when they were approached by about seven people, who started assaulting them.
"When we heard that they had been attacked, we tried to go to the area, but a mob of over 30 people threatened to stone us and we retreated and went to the police. When we came back with the police, they had been taken away and we searched from around 10am to 4pm, but could not find them," Matanda said.
"Their bodies were only found the following morning about 600 metres away from where their car had been burnt. The copper they had obtained had been looted and the spare wheel of the vehicle had been stolen."
It is not clear whether the case was linked to the xenophobic attacks that were concentrated in Durban, they speculated it could be a manifestation of another spate of attacks on foreigners.
The two men were buried yesterday afternoon at Msasa Park Cemetery in Kwekwe.