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At least 2 dead in spate of spaza shop attacks
Shop owners living in fear
A spate of armed robberies over the last month has business owners in Nkqubela, Robertson, fearing for their lives and those of their customers. At least two people have died in the rampage.
Two armed robberies on spaza shops took place on 18 November alone.
According to a police report the first incident took place at about 19:45, when the owner was asleep. “The owner heard someone call, and on opening the door three unknown men stood before him,” Lieutenant-Colonel HW de Koker of the Robertson Police related.
Two of the men had firearms, and they stole an unknown amount of cash and two cellphones. No-one has been arrested yet.
A close friend of the victim, who wishes to stay anonymous in fear for his life, says he opened the door because he thought someone had wanted to buy something from the shop.
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Councillor Andile Shibili at the meeting that was held with shop owners from Nkqubela after the spate of armed robberies the past month. Photo: Rick Marais
“We as shop owners live in fear for our lives, because a month ago my brother was robbed while closing his shop,” he said. “The robbers stole R40 000 from him.
“It is time that Nkqubela stood together as a community against this problem.”
The second spaza shop robbery took place around 20:30, less than an hour after the first.
“Three unknown men entered the spaza shop with a firearm,” De Koker says. “Two men were shot in the shop, one died on the scene and the other was taken to hospital.
“An unknown amount of cash was stolen. No-one has been arrested yet in connection with these robberies.
Anyone with information about the robberies that can help in the investigation is urged to contact W/O Rachel Burger at 023 626 8340.
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