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vavi1TimesLIVE reports that a “harrowing” run-in with eight armed robbers has left SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and his wife Noluthando in “desperate need of counselling”.  

In the incident on Friday evening in Morningside Manor, Johannesburg, the armed robbers beat up two security guards before entering the bed and breakfast which Noluthando runs, tying up the guests.  Noluthando managed to flee to her office and lock herself inside, where she called for help.  The thieves looted televisions, refrigerators, cellphones, guests’ clothes and laptops.  Zwelinzima and his bodyguard were driving back to Johannesburg from a meeting in Pretoria when Noluthando called and said “criminals have invaded”.  He related further:  “In a panic, I didn’t ask questions as I assumed she was at home.  I was about five minutes away from home when she called.  We drove straight home, flying, only to find out that she was calling from her business offices which we had passed as we were flying home … Had we driven there first, both me and the protector would probably have died.”

  • Read the full original of the report by Nico Gous on the above story at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, Vavi believes he could have been killed by robbers, at News24

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