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Patron shot and killed rescuing waitress during Mthatha restaurant robbery

Oct 28, 2019
Patron shot and killed rescuing waitress during Mthatha restaurant robbery

Mthatha - A 29-year-old man is facing a charge of business robbery and murder after three unknown gunmen stormed a local restaurant at Savoy Complex in Mthatha on Friday night, at about 21h00.

"It is alleged that the said suspects approached the cashiers desk and pointed them with firearms and all the employees took cover in the restaurant," described police spokesperson, Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana.

"One of the suspects followed a waitress to a table where a 49-year-old customer was seated and pointed a firearm at the waitress.

"A struggle ensued between the suspect and the customers, who tried to rescue the waitress."

Brig Kinana said that a 49-year-old man was shot and killed by the suspect during that struggle.

"The other two suspects held the cashiers at gun-point and managed to flee with an undisclosed amount of money."

He added that a third suspect was arrested by the customers and disarmed.

"His 9mm Lugger  pistol with serial number scrached and 12 rounds of ammunition were seized."

The suspect is now expected to appear before the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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