Man feared execution during robbery
Johannesburg - A man shot during a robbery at a supermarket believed he was going to be executed, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.
"I heard a 'click' sound, but no shot went off. I can still hear that sound," testified Andre Erlank snr, a member of the Mnandi Community Watch in Centurion, in the trial of Mandla Ntuli, 26.
Ntuli is accused of shooting Erlank, murdering Watch member Louis Viljoen, 39, assaulting Erlank's son with a firearm and robbing the Mnandi Spar on February 2 2009.
Ntuli has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His alleged accomplices Mzokhona Nene, 23, and Sibusiso Sibiya, 24, are wanted after skipping bail.
Erlank said he and his son arrived at the supermarket minutes before the robbery began. His son was inside when Erlank saw men walking in.
Another man followed, pulling a firearm out of his pants and firing into the shop.
Erlank said he was alerting the Community Watch when Ntuli opened his car door and shot him in the chest.
He crawled out of the car and was pinned to the ground by two of the robbers, who searched his pockets for money and his cellphone.
One of them then put a firearm to his head and pulled the trigger, but no shot went off.
The robbers fled when Community Watch members arrived.
Erlank was taken to hospital by a friend. The robbers fired at them as they drove away.
The trial continues on Friday.