Shop owner robbed at gun point

2015-06-16 06:01
Anoware Hossuein helps his brother run Diens superette after the shop was robbed.

PHOTO: 
Tiyese jeranji

Anoware Hossuein helps his brother run Diens superette after the shop was robbed. PHOTO: Tiyese jeranji

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It was business as usual at Diens superette in Kensington despite a robbery there on Monday last week.

The shop at the corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue operated like nothing had happened despite one of the shop owner being robbed at gun point of cigarettes and cash estimated at R10 000.

The shop owners, originally from Pakistan, say they have been operating the shop for two years and this is the second time that the shop has been robbed. The first time the thieves took personal belongings like laptops, cellphones and chargers.

Shop owner Zahidul Islam (35) says two men walked into the shop whilst others remained outside in a car.

“They looked like normal customers. One of the men said he wanted a yogurt and asked how much it was. The other said he wanted bread. As I thought he was going to pick bread from the shelf he came straight to me behind the counter. Pointed a gun at me and took all the money and cigarettes and left,” he says.

Despite that happening they didn’t bother going to the police as they say they have no faith in the police. Ridoy Islam (24) says: “Police here don’t really help. Police can come the first day and take a statement but that will be all. We rather stay here and look forward to better days. Going to the police will just waste our time. It happened; we just have to move on. Police won’t do anything to help. Crime is just too much in this area, but police are not doing much to follow up on cases.”

However, the police are encouraging residents and business owners to report crimes so that they can investigate them.

Sergeant David Stemmert confirms no case was opened for this particular robbery. “We have no record of it, nothing was reported. We have public meetings where we encourage people to report criminal activities. However, we will investigate and go visit the shop and hear from him if he wants to open a case,” says Stemmert.

Community leader Jimmy Xalipi says foreign shop owners must become part of organisations that are there. “They are part and parcel of this community so they should get involved in what’s happening. There are policing forums, neighbourhood watches and street committees. They should join them for their safety. They will know what’s happening and how they can be protected. They stay within this community so they shouldn’t separate themselves. They have shops here so they should involve themselves with what’s happening in the community. They shouldn’t just take themselves as traders only but be more involved, so that such issues can be resolved,” says Xalipi

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