A KADOMA man has appeared in court accused of robbing two miners of 300kg of gold ore.
Jealous Mathotsi (28) was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda.
Allegations are that on June 8 this year at around midday, Mathotsi and his accomplices, who are still at large, went to a certain address where the complainants were armed with Columbia knives, machetes and axes.
They allegedly banged the doors demanding cash and gold ore from the two complainants – Tafadzwa Kanyemba and Kudakwashe Matavire.
One of the suspected robbers allegedly struck Kanyemba on the right leg and on the lower right buttock, using a Columbia knife.
They further assaulted him until he became unconscious.
He sustained severe injuries.
They allegedly then assaulted Matavire and struck his head with a beer bottle, inflicting serious injuries, as the bottle later broke.
Mathotsi and his accomplices took the 300kgs of gold ore that was in sacks and fled from the scene.
The two complainants managed to file a report at ZRP Kadoma Central Ingezi base, in Kadoma.
They were referred to Kadoma General Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
The police received information two days later that Mathotsi, and his accomplices, had been seen loitering at Ingezi Shopping Centre and went there to conduct some surveillance and they spotted Mathotsi.
When the police approached him, he drew a machete, in a bid to attack them, and three warning shots were fired as they urged him to drop his weapon.
But, he kept charging at the officers until he was shot on the left arm.
He dropped the machete and ran towards his place of residence where he was subsequently arrested.
He was ferried to Kadoma General Hospital where he received treatment under police guard.
He was then transferred to Sally Mugabe Central Hospital for further management.
Anesu Chirenje appeared for the State.