Mugger kills bystander

2010-11-15 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD man, who was protesting against the mugging of an older woman on Saturday afternoon, paid with his life when one of the muggers pulled out a gun and shot him dead.

Warrant officer Joey Jeevan said 48-year-old Regina Zulu, a caretaker at Kharina Secondary School, was crossing into Old Greytown Road from New Greytown Road on foot at approximately 2.15 pm when two men overtook her.

They suddenly stopped and grabbed her before searching her and threatening her with a gun.

“They took R150 from her bra and a cellphone from her bag,” said Jeevan.

While Zulu was being accosted, 21-year-old Seta Mofokeng was passing by, said Jeevan.

When he realised what was happening, he shouted “hey” and one of the perpetrators turned and shot him once in his abdomen, said Jeevan.

She said Zulu ran onto the road shortly thereafter where she managed to flag down a passing motorist who stopped and subsequently contac­ted the police.

The two men fled the scene.

Police arrived promptly and started searching for them in the immediate vicinity, said Jeevan.

“At this stage there have been no arrests, but we have some good leads and arrests are imminent,” she said.

ER24 paramedics were dispatched and ER24’s Vanessa Jackson said Mofokeng “was declared dead at the scene due to the severity of the injury”.

Jackson said although Zulu was in a state of shock after their arrival, she did not want to be taken to hospital because she was not physically injured.

When The Witness went to Kharina Secondary School yesterday afternoon in an attempt to speak to Zulu, she politely said she would rather not comment on the incident.

She was sitting just outside the caretaker’s rooms chatting to some female companions as they warmed themselves around a small fire.

Mofokeng’s father could not be reached for comment on his cellphone yesterday.

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