Knifeman’s rampage

2010-11-25 00:00

A KNIFE-WIELDING man went on a rampage and stabbed five people — all foreign nationals — during a robbery. One of the victims, a 19-year-old Pakistani man, was killed in the frenzied Tuesday evening attack.

The man, who had two knives in his hands, chased a 25-year-old Congolese woman, Angelina Msombwa, into a Church Street restaurant at about 8 pm.

As Msonbwa fell on the floor, the man stabbed her six times in the back.

The man then turned to the Pakistani owner and staff of the restaurant and stabbed them, while demanding money and cellphones. The owner of the restaurant, Asad Sleem (19), was dead on arrival at hospital, bleeding heavily from a wound in the neck.

Sleem’s friend Naveed Raza (28) said as they were working, Msombwa ran in screaming for help. A man chased after her and stabbed her repeatedly.

“Inside the shop the woman fell on the floor before the man stabbed her about six times on her back. She woke up and ran across the street before she fell again at Caltex Garage.

“The man, who now had two knives in his hands, came back into the shop. On entering, he shouted for money and cellphones. He kept on stabbing everyone in front of him. We gave him what he was demanding, but he continued to demand more,” said Raza.

Raza said he also gave the attacker his cellphone and money.

“He turned to my cousin [Sleem] and stabbed him in the neck,” he said.

As Sleem lay bleeding on the floor, Raza ran into the street to stop a passing vehicle for help.

However, Sleem, who was bleeding heavily, died as he was being placed on a stretcher.

Sleem’s cousin Ahmed Sleem flew from Pretoria immediately after hearing the shocking news. He said he will be flown to Pakistan today for burial.

A woman who asked to remain anonymous said she rented the restaurant to Sleem about three weeks ago.

“When I arrived to work this morning I found the restaurant closed and there was lots of blood at the entrance,” said the woman, who now works at a shop across the street from the restaurant.

Police spokesperson Warrant Office Joey Jeevan said Msombwa is recovering in Northdale hospital.

She requested anyone with information about the attack to contact Warrant Officer Rajeev Soorajbally on 033 845 2751 or 082 563 2172. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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