WATCH: Security guard, civilian shot during robbery at Menlyn Mall

One of the victims of the Menlyn Mall robbery was airlifted to hospital, while another was transported via ambulance for treatment

WATCH: Security guard, civilian shot during robbery at Menlyn Mall

Two people, a security guard and a civilian were injured after they were shot during the robbery of a jewellery store at Menlyn Park shopping centre in Pretoria on Sunday, 24 October 2021.

The mall confirmed the incident in a brief statement issued just several hours after.

“It has been reported that a security guard and civilian have been shot and have subsequently been taken away by an ambulance for further medical attention,” the shopping centre said in a statement.

Emergency medical service Emer-G-Med which responded to the robbery confirmed that one patient was shot multiple times and airlifted to hospital, while another was transported via ambulance for treatment.

Some Menlyn Mall patrons reportedly hid inside some of the stores, including a Woolworths outlet. Police managed to soon intervene and took control of the mall. Menlyn Mall says its third entrance was closed, while the rest of the shopping centre was declared open for trade.

Menlyn Mall shooting: Investigation still ongoing

For now, all Menlyn Mall can say is that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is still investigating the robbery and no arrests have been made yet. The South African has reached out for comment on the case, but calls rang unanswered.

A clip has been doing the rounds on social media, showing how the robbers managed to bypass spikes at the mall’s parking exit.

Source : The South African More   

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KIDNAPPING SYNDICATE: Pair due in court for abduction of 11 Ethiopians

The duo was arrested after nearly a dozen kidnapped Ethiopian nationals were rescued by police at a storage facility in Johannesburg

KIDNAPPING SYNDICATE: Pair due in court for abduction of 11 Ethiopians

Two Ethiopian nationals are expected to make an appearance at a Johannesburg court on Monday morning, 25 October 2021, in connection with the kidnapping of 11 of their fellow countrymen.

The duo was arrested after the alleged victims were rescued by police at a storage facility in Johannesburg. According to SAPS spokesperson Andre Trout, the victims were abducted in diferent parts of the country.

The arrests were a result of a joined effort by both Western Cape and Gauteng law enforcement: The kidnapping suspects are also Ethiopian nationals who police pounced on at the storage facility in Meadowlands, Soweto on Friday.

“The unrelenting efforts of Western Cape detectives to fight extortion in this province were rewarded with the arrest of two suspects during the early hours of yesterday morning in Meadowlands, Johannesburg,” Traut said on Saturday, 23 October 2021.

KIDNAPPED ETHIOPIANS REUNITED WITH LOVED ONES

Police say it was first the kidnapping of an Ethiopian man in Khayelitsha, Cape Town back in September that led them to Gauteng where they continued their search for the victim following demands for ransom for his safe return.

“In Gauteng our detectives partnered with Meadowlands police and conducted a raid at a storage facility in Hennessey Street in Meadowlands where a total of 11 kidnapped Ethiopian males were found”

SAPS spokesperson Andre Trout

All the victims have been reunited with their loved ones. The pair are expected to appear in court on Monday, 25 October 2021, and would be subsequently taken to the Western Cape.

“Five of the 11 victims are from the Western Cape. Two were kidnapped in Harare, two in Paarl and one in Worcester. The other six victims are from other provinces, and they were reunited with their respective families,” Traut said.

He says for now, the circumstances surrounding the extortion and kidnapping cases are still under investigation and the identities of the victims have not been disclosed.

This incident comes just days after a man appeared in court for kidnapping more than 50 Ethiopian nationals in a house in Johannesburg.

Source : The South African More   

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