Cops hunt rat poison robbers

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Gauteng police were searching on Thursday for a group of people who robbed a woman and forced her to drink rat poison.

“No arrests have been made and we are investigating the matter,” Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

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Environmental health workers fill a rat bait station with poison pellets. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.

He said the woman, of Daveyton on the East Rand, died on Friday after she was robbed by the group last Thursday.

“We are awaiting the results of the post mortem to see if she was poisoned,” said Dlamini.

The New Age reported on Thursday that the woman went to a Nedbank branch in Benoni to withdraw money. The group attacked her, robbed her and forced her into a car, where they poisoned her.

She was left on the side of the N12, where she used her cellphone to call a church member, who called an ambulance. The woman was taken to hospital, where she died.


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