Man robbed and killed just before burying his wife

2019-03-07 06:02

Nyanga police are looking for public assistance after a 59-year-old Philippi man was robbed and gunned down as he prepared to bury his wife.

The man was killed at his home on Tuesday 26 February after returning from the bank to withdraw money for the funeral.

Police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the deceased was approached by four suspects and they demanded money.

Sitshitshi said the man refused to hand over the money and the suspects shot him. She said they took the money and drove away in a Toyota Etios.

“We request assistance from the public with information that could lead to the arrest of these culprits who have no humanity. Such actions are so despicable,” she said.

When City Vision visited the home on Friday last week family members were battling to come to terms with the incident. They refused to speak and asked for time to mourn the deceased in line with their religious beliefs.

A member of the community, who did not want to be named, labelled the incident as disturbing. He said the deceased had just returned from the bank where he withdrew money to pay the undertaker.

He said he believes he was followed from the bank and urged the banks to educate people about withdrawing large sums of money. “The banks need to educate our people to minimise risk,” said the man.

He said residents have too many unanswered questions and called on everyone to come to the party to eliminate such problems.

Martin Makasi, chairperson of the Nyanga Community Policing Forum, said they are deeply saddened by what happened. “What happened to the man shows that there is no humanity in our community because something sad had happened to him but they still robbed and killed him,” he said.

Makasi called for the banks to be investigated, asking how anyone knew the man had

Makasi asked for the bank the man used to draw money, to work with the police in trying to find the killers.

She said anyone can anonymously call 021 380 3320/3304/082 469 2470 or visit the detective’s office in Nyanga police station.


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