Guard shot and beaten to pulp

2011-04-05 00:00

A SECURITY guard at Sealake Industries in Birmingham Road is in a critical condition after he was shot in the stomach during an armed robbery at the factory yesterday morning.

Factory technical manager Ahmed Khan said Sifiso Khumalo (35) was beaten up badly with a metal object before he was shot at close range.

“This happened after midnight and on viewing the CCTV footage we were shocked at how barbaric some people can be. The poor guy was beaten to a pulp before one of the thugs shot at him in the stomach. The five men behind the robbery knew what they were doing and they didn’t hide their faces while committing the crime,” said Khan.

Khumalo was on duty with three of his colleagues Kaveer Dukhi (19), Yusuf Grey (29) and Patrick Dlamini (39) with the former on guard at a gate on the other side of the factory while his colleagues were at the main gate.

Three suspects held Dukhi, Grey and Dlamini at gun point taking their cellular phones and R600 and thereafter tying their hands up with cable ties, rope and adhesive tape. Two suspects attacked Khumalo, and shot at him after beating him up. All five suspects fled from the scene on foot.

“This man was on duty and the thugs could have just taken what they wanted and left. Shooting him was uncalled for and his condition is serious. If he dies that will be murder. I don’t understand why government is not considering reinstating the death penalty with this high rate of violent crime,” said Khan.

Khumalo managed to crawl to the other security guards, helped them untie themselves, and they then called the police.

Netcare 911 ambulance services took the injured guard to a local hospital.

Police urge anyone with information that will assist in the investigation to contact the Branch Commander Colonel Chris Wiles of the Mountain Rise police on 033 387 9622 or 079 5001 306.

If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stop on the toll free number 08600 10111.

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