Acclaimed architect, and artist shot dead in New Year’s attacks

2014-01-02 10:34

An acclaimed architect and an artist were shot and killed by robbers in two separate new year’s attacks.

Architect and yachtsman Rob Meek (62) was killed on the stoep of his beach bungalow in Port St Johns in Eastern Cape, Joburg daily The Star reported today.

His wife Di told the newspaper three men wearing balaclavas approached the group of family and friends just after midnight on new year’s eve. She said the men did not ask for anything before one of them shot her husband.

“There was no provocation,” she said, adding that the three ran off without taking anything.

South African artist Clinton de Menezes was shot dead in Durban during a home invasion in the early hours of New Year’s Day, Durban daily the Mercury reported.

De Menezes, who was staying with friends in Berea West, Durban, went to help a friend prevent armed robbers from entering the house by closing a glass sliding door. The robbers fired a single shot through the door, fatally wounding the artist. They stole a cellphone, laptop and a handbag.

De Menezes left South Africa several years ago and had been living in Kenya with his wife and daughter. According to the report, he had works in private and corporate collections internationally.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said paramedics declared De Menezes dead on the scene.

Shortly afterwards seven people were arrested after a case was opened at the Westville police station.

"All stolen goods taken from the house were recovered from the suspects, including three cellphones and a wallet. A 9mm pistol suspected to have been used during the shooting was found, as well as a toy gun."

The pistol would be sent for ballistic tests to establish if it had been used in any crimes in the country.

The seven, aged between 25 and 30, were expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court later today. They have been linked to two other robberies in Westville that occurred in the past two weeks.

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