Architect, artist killed in attacks

2014-01-02 22:40

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Johannesburg - An acclaimed architect and an artist were shot dead by robbers in two new year's attacks, The Star reported on Thursday.

Architect and yachtsman Rob Meek, 62, was killed on the stoep of his beach bungalow in Port St Johns, in the Eastern Cape.

His wife Di told the newspaper three men wearing balaclavas approached the group of family and friends just after midnight on new year's eve.

She said the men did not ask for anything before one of them shot her husband.

"There was no provocation," she said, adding that the three ran off without taking anything.

Clinton de Menezes

KwaZulu-Natal police said South African artist Clinton de Menezes was shot dead in Durban during a home invasion in the early hours of new year's eve.

Spokesperson Thulani Zwane said De Menezes, who was staying with friends in Berea West, Durban, went to help a friend prevent armed robbers from entering the house in the early hours of 31 December.

The robbers fired a single shot through the sliding doors, fatally wounding the artist. They stole a cellphone, a laptop and a handbag.

De Menezes left South Africa several years ago and had been living in Kenya with his wife and daughter. He had worked in private and corporate collections internationally.

Zwane said paramedics declared De Menezes dead on the scene.

Shortly afterwards, seven people were arrested after a case was opened at the Westville police station.

"All stolen goods taken from the house were recovered from the suspects, including three cellphones and a wallet. A 9mm pistol suspected to have been used during the shooting was found, as well as a toy gun."

The pistol would be sent for ballistic tests to establish whether it had been used in any crimes in the country.

The seven, aged between 25 and 30, appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court later on Thursday.

They have been linked to two other robberies in Westville in the past two weeks.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the case was postponed to next Thursday for a formal bail application.


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