Human Rights

Brave spaza shop owner wrestled with suspects, nab one and recover a firearm in KwaNobuhle

KwaNobuhle: A daring action of bravery by a spaza shop owner resulted in the arrest of one of the robbery suspects and a recovery of a firearm in KwaNobuhle yesterday.

On Wednesday, 9 May 2018 around 12:00, it is alleged that two men, one armed with a firearm and another with a knife stormed into a spaza shop in Ntakomlilo Street, KwaNobuhle. The two men held an assistant at gunpoint. It is said that an owner arrived while a robbery was in progress and wrestled with a suspect armed with a firearm near the shop entrance and managed to grab a firearm away from a suspect. It was further said that a second suspect fled the scene on seeing that his accomplice was being overpowered. A suspect was arrested and minutes later, he was handed over to the police.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a recovered firearm, .22 revolver was stolen during a house robbery incident in Klapmuts, Western Cape, sometime in February this year. A 27-year-old suspect is due to appear in KwaNobuhle Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Friday, 11 May 2018) on charges of business robbery, possession of unlicensed firearm. A firearm is to be sent to the forensic laboratory for ballistic tests. At this stage, a team of detectives is trying to establish whether a man is not linked with a house robbery incident in the Western Cape or any other robbery incident.

Source: South African Police Service