North West Premier Thandi Modise has expressed a concern about the spate of armed robberies around the Brits area and called on communities to work closer with the police to intensify crime prevention efforts.
Premier Modise's call follows the recent incident in which the owner of a Brits butcher was shot dead and two people wounded at the shop on Thursday.
"The tragic incident reminds us of the one in which we lost one of our outstanding sportsmen and boxing champion, Corrie Sanders during an armed robbery at a restaurant" said the Premier in wishing the injured pair a speedy recovery.
According to police three armed robbers entered and demanded money while Gerald Rudolf, 65, his son, 31, and a female employee were closing up at 8pm on Thursday and allegedly shot and killed Rudolf.
The robbers shot his son ain both legs and a female employee in the shoulder before fleeing the scene with a briefcase containing an undisclosed amount of cash, a 9mm pistol, bank cards and cheque books.
The y reportedly drove off in Rudolph's Toyota Corolla, which was found abandoned about 2km away.
Rudolf was declared dead on the scene while his son and the woman were taken to Brits Hospital.