Shock af­ter death of guard

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CHERNICK @Lanc_02

“HE JUST dropped dead, he was walk­ing and he just col­lapsed, I don’t know what hap­pened.”

These were the words of a woman who wit­nessed the death of a se­cu­rity guard in the Joburg CBD yes­ter­day. The in­ci­dent oc­curred out­side a butch­ery on the corner of Rahima Moosa and Pix­ley Seme streets (for­merly Jeppe and Sauer streets).

“I don’t know what his name was, but he was kind, I would see him ev­ery day on my way to work and he would al­ways greet me, I’m shocked,” said the woman, who only iden­ti­fied her­self as Lindiwe.

The man, who died at about 5.30am yes­ter­day, was ap­par­ently healthy and well be­fore he left for work on Wed­nes­day even­ing.

The area was cor­doned off, with a po­lice of­fi­cer watch­ing the scene. A dis­traught fam­ily mem­ber ar­rived, but would not iden­tify her­self or the dead man to The Star. “He was a good man, he was only 40 years old, what will we do now? I don’t know, I just don’t know,” she said.

She then picked up some of the man’s be­long­ings. At 10.45am, a mor­tu­ary van ar­rived to pick up the body.

The owner of the butch­ery, Ju­lian Max, was con­cerned that it took so long for the po­lice to re­move the body. “It was here when we ar­rived at work at 6am, it’s not ac­cept­able. We ex­pected the po­lice to come here sooner and move it,” he said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, po­lice launched a man­hunt for sev­eral men who shot and wounded an of­fi­cer at Twala sec­tion in Katle­hong North, Ekurhu­leni, yes- ter­day.

“It is al­leged that at least five men, heav­ily armed, ar­rived at a petrol fill­ing sta­tion around 1am, where they forced the doors open,” said po­lice spokesper­son Kay Makhubele.

“The men also dam­aged the teller machines and took an un­known amount of cash. Po­lice were in­formed, and re­sponded.

“Upon ar­rival, the sus­pects opened fire on the of­fi­cers,” he said, adding that a con­sta­ble was shot in the up­per body and was taken to hos­pi­tal. “He re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

He said more than 80 ri­fle car­tridges were found, and it was al­leged that the rob­bers were driv­ing a sil­ver Audi Q7.

Mem­bers of the public are urged to help po­lice with any in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the ar­rest or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the rob­bers. Peo­ple are ad­vised not ap­proach them as they are heav­ily armed. They can call 08600 10111, SMS Crime Line on 32222, or con­tact their near­est po­lice sta­tion.


MYS­TERY: A man was found dead yes­ter­day morn­ing on the corner of Rahima Moosa and Pix­ley Seme streets in the CBD.

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