7 November 2017

South Africa: Appeal to Amandawe Community for Assistance in Arresting Murderous Gunman

press release

It is alleged that on Monday, 30 October at about 18:30, an unknown gunman accosted three people who were walking about 45 metres apart along Dexter Road in Amandawe. He shot his first victim in the leg and the second in the mouth and shoulder before robbing them of their cellphones and money. A third victim handed his wallet and cellphone over to the gunman before fleeing for his life. The victims, aged 31 and 44, were rushed off to hospital in a serious condition by private transport. The Scottburgh SAPS has registered two counts of attempted murder and three counts of armed robbery for investigation.

On Friday, 3 November, shortly before 20:00, a 34-year-old woman was allegedly returning home from work when she was shot in the chest and killed close to her home near Zama Store in Amandawe. Her brother heard her scream and ran out to see her lying in a pool of blood. He rushed her to the G. J. Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh where she was declared dead on arrival. The victim, Makhosazane Mary Jane Mokoena, was robbed of her handbag containing her personal belongings including her cellphone. Barely 15 minutes later, residents in Ndosi Road, less than a kilometre away from where Mokoena was killed, heard a gunshot. Siyabonga Ngcobo (23) was found lying in the road with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There was nothing to indicate that he had been robbed and the motive for his killing is yet to be established. At around the same time, a 23-year-old man was waiting with his 17-year-old sister for their transport at the No. 4 bus shelter when a man wielding a gun robbed the brother of his cellphone at gunpoint. The gunman assaulted the brother and demanded money, at which point the sister, fearing for her life, fled the scene leaving behind her handbag. The brother followed her shortly after. The suspect made off with both their cellphones, a wallet, money and other valuables. Two counts of armed robbery were registered by the Scottburgh SAPS for investigation.

In all the incidents, the suspect was described as a slightly built man in his late twenties, dressed in a blue denim trouser and a hooded jacket with a fur lining around the face. The crime scenes are all in close proximity to the Amandawe T-junction. The firearm used is a 9mm pistol. No arrests have been made as yet and an appeal is made for anyone with any information that may help with the investigations, to contact the Scottburgh SAPS Detectives on 039-978 1900, their local police on 10111 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Members of the Amandawe community are advised to be extra vigilant especially at night and report any suspicious persons seen in their neighbourhood, to the Scottburgh SAPS. They are also warned not to resort to vigilantism or take the law into their own hands. If anyone is suspected of being involved in any crime, report it to the police instead of resorting to mob justice.

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