Robber dressed as a farmworker — Richmond witness

2014-01-29 00:00

WITNESSES to Monday afternoon’s shoot-out in Richmond were still counting their blessings yesterday, having escaped unscathed after being caught in the crossfire between robbers, police and security guards.

The shoot-out, which occurred when a heavily armed gang attacked G4S guards delivering money to an ATM, left six people dead and five with bullet wounds.

Barber Kanyenga Phiri said his brother, Musa, was among those wounded, but he had been discharged from hospital.

“I was lucky to survive without a single scratch because bullets were flying close to us,” he said.

Phiri said a robber dressed as a farmworker in an overall and gumboots had dropped stolen cash near their barber shop, a small tent.

“Then other robbers in a vehicle shot at the security guard to cover for their friend while he was picking up the money,” he said.

He said it was only when the robber had run off to get into a getaway vehicle that he realised three people inside the tent, his brother and two women, had been shot.

Down the road he could see that another man had been hit in the head.

Paul Cele, who had just moved to Richmond from Pietermaritzburg, was still shaken while reliving the incident yesterday. “I was waiting for my lift near the Ndaleni taxi rank when I heard gunshots up Shepstone Street and I started to worry. I saw a security truck being driven by a guard, who had a gun in his hand,” he said.

“The security guard started to open fire and I ran for cover. As I was hiding behind a contractor’s truck, a guy who was in front of me fell and I thought he had tripped, but soon realised he had been shot.

“I thought it was my last day on Earth and everybody was horrified,” he said.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said charges of attempted robbery, murder and attempted murder are being investigated by Richmond police.

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