Man slain for cash after visit to bank

2014-05-30 00:00

A SPRINGFIELD pharmaceutical employee was killed and his colleague injured in a “follow-home” robbery yesterday.

A source said the 52-year-old man and his colleague, who is in his 40s, had withdrawn R40 000 from Standard Bank on North Coast Road before they were robbed.

They were followed to Resmed Pharmaceuticals in Rochdale Road where four men confronted and unexplainedly shot at them before taking the money.

“After making the withdrawal they drove to their workplace. The electronic gate opened up for them, but another vehicle followed them in and stopped behind them, forcing the gate to remain open,” said the source.

Private detectives and Greenwood Park police were at the crime scene yesterday. The survivor was inconsolable as he was taken from the vehicle into an ambulance by ER24 paramedics. ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the 52-year-old was shot in the head and died at the scene.

“The other man was treated for an abrasion on his leg and taken to the eThekwini Hospital for further observation,” said Majija.

Greenwood Park community policing forum chairperson Robin Candy said these were not the first follow-home robberies in the area.

“A few weeks ago a North Coast scrap metal employee withdrew R6 000 from the same bank and he was robbed. This is sad because a life was lost. It would seem that information somehow finds its way to the thugs and unsuspecting people become targets,” said Candy.

A manager at Resmed Pharmaceuticals said they were shocked and traumatised and would release an official statement at a later stage.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Greenwood Park police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.

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