Pensioner, two guards shot dead

2013-04-13 00:00

ROBBERS shot dead a woman pensioner and two security guards in kwaMashu yesterday morning, police said.

The gang of eight opened fire at the pension paypoint in a community hall in Lindelani in Ntuzuma A section.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the hall was filled with elderly men and women.

“Gunfire was exchanged between the security guards and the suspects.

“Two guards were shot and killed, while a third one was hit by a car [driven] by the suspects while he was trying to shoot at them.

“An elderly woman who had come to receive her pension money was also shot and killed. Two more members of the public were also injured and are in hospital.”

The guards were with the Fidelity Security Group.

Zwane said no money was taken, but the assailants made off with six firearms belonging to the guards, including three shotguns.

A Toyota Corolla, stolen in Umbilo, was recovered and a suspect, aged 37, was arrested. Zwane said he would appear in court soon.

Political parties were quick to condemn the murders.

The ANC called on the police to track down the gang urgently.

“The ANC strongly condemns this … incident and commends the police for their swift response that led to the arrest of one suspect.”

It sent condolences to the families of the victims and urged kwaMashu residents to help the police bring the culprits to book.

Inkatha Freedom Party shadow minister for social development, Les Govender, called for improved security at pension paypoints.

“The IFP condemns any form of violence, especially when it is aimed at those who are vulnerable and unable to defend themselves … the South African Social Security Agency and the Department of Community Safety and Liaison [should] work together in making sure that all pension payout points are protected and safe.”

Fidelity could not be reached for comment.

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