Man stalked and shot for wages

2010-04-17 00:00

A GANG of seven men have been arrested after they gunned down a 52-year-old contractor yesterday near the Golden Horse Casino for the wages he had just drawn from the bank.

Bongani Ngubane, who is a sub-contractor for Stefanutti Stocks, supplying labour to the construction company, was shot six times after he refused to co-operate with the men, who demanded he hand over his staff’s wages.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Ngubane got out of a taxi, followed by two men who demanded the money bag he was carrying. Another man then got out of the taxi, drew a gun and fired multiple shots at Ngubane, seriously wounding him.

An eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous said “the man fought back and then they shot him”.

The eyewitness said the attackers pulled an envelope of money out of the man’s hands. “The envelope tore and a wad of money fell to the ground. The two men scooped it up and ran down the road where they were picked up by a car,” he said.

Another eyewitness, who would also like to remain anonymous, said: “I think the men saw him drawing the money at the bank and then followed his taxi to Golden Horse, where they shot him when he refused to hand over the cash.”

After being shot, Ngubane ran through the casino gates and down to the containers where the contractors are based.

“ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the man lying on the floor in a pool of blood, with fellow workers trying to help by applying basic first aid,” said ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks.

Ngubane was in a critical condition and needed advanced life support treatment before being taken to Medi-Clinic.

Zwane said the attackers fled the scene in a waiting blue Mazda 323.

“Members of the Pietermaritzburg Crime Intelligence Unit were patrolling in the Bisley area of Pietermaritzburg when they received a report from the police’s Hilton Radio Control Room for the members to be on the lookout for a vehicle occupied by a group of suspects. The members then proceeded to the corner of Slangspruit and Pentrich roads where they waited for the motor vehicle,” said Zwane.

The officers followed it, unnoticed, into Imbali, said Zwane.

“Along the main road in the stage two area of Imbali, the members called for backup and flashed with their headlights at the motor vehicle to stop, and the driver complied,” said Zwane.

The seven suspects were arrested, and cash, along with two unlicensed firearms, was recovered.

“Cash to the value of R20 000 was recovered,” said Zwane.

The seven men, all in their twenties, will appear in court shortly.

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