Armed rob­bers hit Mall of the South yet again

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA

ARMED rob­bers struck again at the Mall of the South this week­end, adding to the string of at­tacks that have been re­ported at one of the largest malls in Africa.

Although no one was in­jured, an undis­closed amount of goods was stolen from a jew­ellery store at the premises in Aspen Hills on Sun­day.

Mall of the South man­ager Hester Smith told The Star that an armed group en­tered NWJ Fine Jew­ellery at 10.22am.

They made off with “an undis­closed amount of goods”, and fired a shot as they left.

Smith said mall se­cu­rity im­me­di­ately re­sponded when the store alerted them of the in­ci­dent. But the group was al­ready on their way out of the mall with the stolen goods. Luck­ily no one was in­jured and the mall re­sumed trad­ing shortly af­ter­wards.

“The safety and se­cu­rity of ten­ants and shop­pers is of ut­most im­por­tance to cen­tre man­age­ment,” Smith added.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sonda con­firmed the rob­bery and said that it was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Star has re­ported on sev­eral rob­beries and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties at Mall of the South since it opened in Septem­ber 2015.

In May last year, armed men stormed into the Vo­da­com 4U store and made off with goods val­ued at around R600 000.

Just a week be­fore that, a man fired a warn­ing shot into the air at the premises af­ter a group of rob­bers tried to steal his ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini said at the time that the vic­tim had parked his Toy­ota Tazz on the up­per level of the mall. When he re­turned he found a man try­ing to start it. He fought with the sus­pect as he tried to re­move him from his ve­hi­cle.

“There was an­other green Toy­ota Tazz parked next to his ve­hi­cle, and three men climbed out of it and started as­sault­ing the com­plainant. Two men were ar­rested at the time.”

Also in May 2016, three staff from Steers and De­bonairs were robbed at gun­point.

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