A Zimbabwean pastor has been arrested after he broke into a teacher’s house in South Africa and ransacked it.

Fannie Mamba (33) a pastor at Holiness Church in Shatale briefly appeared in Bushbuckridge Magistrates Court today. 

Mamba is said to have forced entry into the teacher’s home in College View in Bushbuckridge and tied the 48-year-old and her son (13).

The pastor is facing two counts of house robbery with aggravating circumstances and pointing a person with a firearm.

Magistrate Ayesha Kikia told him : “Allegedly, you assaulted the victim at gunpoint, and tied her and her son with cable ties before robbing her of a sound system, plasma TV, three cellphones, house keys and car keys and bank credit cards and her Toyota Avanza to the total value of R272 330.” 

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed the suspect, wearing a balaclava, forced entry into the victims’ house and held them hostage as he demanded money. He said he tied them up before robbing them of valuable items and made off with her Avanza. Police started investigating, working with a car tracking company. The collective were led to a house in Violetbank, where the stolen items were found and the car was later recovered abandoned in Acornhoek.