June 15 2006 at 08:29PM
Squatters living next to an East Rand aerodrome robbed an aviator after his Rans S10 aircraft landed in a dam, Beeld reported on Thursday.
Flight instructor Mirek Zalewski told the Johannesburg daily that he was forced to perform an emergency landing in a Brakpan dam this week because shacks had been erected too close to the airstrip.
He said squatters who descended on the scene stole his student, Mintie Basson's, cellphone and wallet. "I was shocked."
Basson's father said when he arrived at the scene the crowd thumped his car and shouted: "We saved them, give us money." - Sapa