Pta businessman injured in panga attack


A man from Kameeldrift West just outside Pretoria was injured when four armed attackers attacked him with a panga in the early hours of Friday morning.

The owner of a supermarket on the Van der Hoff road was rushed to the Eugene Marais Hospital for treatment. The exact extent of his injuries was not immediately clear.

Kobus Olivier from Lifeguard security says the attackers initially broke a window and stole a grinding machine and panga from another business.

They then went to the next premises where they looted goods worth around R45 600. The attackers made off with, among other things, television sets, a computer, gas bottle, generator, the cash register, cash and a borehole pump.

“The men broke into a business through the garage door where they stole a cash register. We suspect that the suspects cut an electric fence at the back before entering the premises.”

The businessman was ambushed at this premises.

Olivier says the suspects had already fled when they were called to the scene.

“A Panga and a pair of gloves were found at the scene. We suspect that a getaway vehicle was waiting for them,” Olivier said.

Ao. Johan van Dyk, police spokesperson, says the police are investigating a complaint of business robbery.

“The owner and some of his colleagues were ordered to keep quiet after the suspects threatened them with a knife.

“The victims were brutally assaulted,” Van Dyk said.

No one has been arrested so far.