Robbers shoot security guard at PMB chemical factory

2014-01-07 00:00

A SECURITY guard was shot during a robbery at a Pietermaritzburg chemical factory in which the gunmen left with R15 000.

Capital Chemicals factory manager Raveen Mothielal said during tea time yesterday they heard a gunshot at the gate of their business in the Manchester Road area. “I walked to the window and noticed armed men rushing in.”

He said his wife, Ranitha, immediately opened the drawer in her desk and the robbers had taken the money.

The robbers fled, crossing the nearby river to a waiting getaway car on the other side.

Ranitha, who was still in shock when interviewed, said because of a past robbery at their home, she did not want to resist.

“I did not want anyone to be hurt after I heard the gunshot from outside. When they got inside, they pointed guns at us while demanding money and the video footage. A third man was whistling for them from the outside,” said Ranitha.

“I was scared that they were going to hurt us,” said Ranitha.

Unfortunately by then, a security guard, whose name was not released, had already been shot twice in the leg.

Factory staff were in a state of shock over the shooting. Bullet cartridges lay at the gate and blood stained the floor in the office.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they are investigating a case of armed robbery. He said three men approached the locked security gate at the business. An employee asked the men how he could help them, said Zwane.

“Two of them produced handguns and shot at the security guard, who was standing next to the employee, hitting him twice in the leg. The suspects then ordered the guard to open the gate … and forced the employee into the office where the owner and his wife were sitting.

“It is believed that the suspects may have fled in a white Volkswagen Polo with unknown registration number plates,” said Zwane.

The injured 38-year-old security guard was taken to hospital by Netcare 911.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Mountain Rise police at 033 387 9600 or alternatively Crime Stop at 086 001 0111.

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