Shop owner sur­vives shoot­ing dur­ing rob­bery

The Witness - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA KHANYILE • nokuthula.khanyile@me­

A PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG busi­ness­man is lucky to be alive after he was shot four times by armed rob­bers in Slangspruit, near Im­bali, on Wed­nes­day.

Etemo Tekel (30) was “out­side his shop around 10 am when three men ap­proached and shot him,” said Pi­eter­mar­itzburg po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngob­ese.

It is un­der­stood that Tekel had been fetch­ing wa­ter out­side. His friend, Melezo Mo­hammed, told

The Wit­ness the rob­bers ap­proached Tekel and de­manded money.

“I re­ceived a call from one of the cus­tomers telling me that Etemo had been shot. The neigh­bours said the rob­bers came in­side the yard and struck Etemo over the head us­ing the butt of a gun be­fore de­mand­ing the keys to gain en­try in­side the shop.”

On their way out the rob­bers shot his friend’s legs four times be­fore flee­ing the scene in a sil­ver VW Polo TSI.

“We are not sure how ev­ery­thing un­folded be­cause Etemo has not been able to tell us him­self what hap­pened. He went to surgery yes­ter­day and is still un­con­scious in hospi­tal.”

An eye wit­ness who stays a few kilo­me­tres away from where the in­ci­dent hap­pened said she saw the three men speak­ing to Tekel.

“They looked like they were hav­ing an ar­gu­ment. I then saw them pin­ning him to the ground and two of them went in­side the shop.”

Mo­hammed said the rob­bers ran­sacked the shop and took an undis­closed amount of cash and air­time vouch­ers. No ar­rest has been made yet.

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