2 held for Builders Warehouse killing

2012-02-22 12:31

Johannesburg - Two of the four men thought to be behind the killing of a customer at the Sunninghill Builders Warehouse on Wednesday have been arrested, Johannesburg police said.

Captain Kym Cloete said one was found in the Paulshof area, not far from the crime scene, while the other was located in Berea, near Hillbrow.

Two other men were still sought.

The customer was shot dead in an early morning botched armed robbery at the shop in Sandton.


Massmart - which owns Builders Warehouse - said it appeared that the robbers tried to hijack the customer in the parking lot after a failed robbery attempt.

"A scuffle ensued and it is with the deepest and utmost regret that we have to confirm that the owner of the vehicle was shot and fatally wounded," Massmart said in a statement.

Cloete said employees and security guards were opening the business for the day when they were approached by a man dressed in a security uniform.

They let him in because he was in uniform. He held them at gunpoint and was joined by three other men.

"The suspects demanded cash. When an employee was unable to unlock the safe, he was assaulted," said Cloete.

Massmart said the shop was not open for trade on Wednesday.

Trauma counsellors would be available to assist employees and members of the public who were present at the time of the shooting.

"At this stage, our thoughts are with the family of the victim... whom we will provide all assistance as required," said Massmart.

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  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-22 12:35

    Now this is what I call Police response, I wish we had police like this in the western cape.

      Jono - 2012-02-22 12:38

      I wish that we are able to deal with these guys ourselves as the public! we decide what happens to these oaks and whatever we do to them hardlines!

      Nick - 2012-02-22 12:47

      polonydonkey.....i WISH we had government like the western cape

      procold2 - 2012-02-22 12:54

      poliodonkey,why bring up a thing that you know will turn into a racist comments,maybe cause you stupid and have nothing else to do except get people riled up. well done sap arrest the other two and may all four of them can shot dead for escaping on the way to court.

      TSR01 - 2012-02-22 12:54

      But Poloyadonkey, you don't live in the Western Cape. How would you know anything about what goes on around here except from what you read here on News24? That's a rhetorical question by the way.

      Nigel - 2012-02-22 12:58

      why not move to Gauteng then, bye!

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-22 13:11

      Sick comment Polo. Westrn Cape Police are on average the best around. If you don't like that, push off to Gauteng, and live in Sandton. You're an oxygen thief here, nitwit.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-22 13:11

      Ployatonki. I think the WC police already figured you and your calls out. There is something on their notices boards in Tableview and Milnerton police stations regarding a Ployatonki. Where are you staying in WC? :)

      Freddie - 2012-02-22 13:37

      @Nigel, no thanks you can keep Polio Donkey, we don't need his kind in Gauteng.

      Putin the " - 2012-02-23 07:46

      Bloody racists crying about racism.... soon you will be crying to the Hague you twats

  • nkosiab - 2012-02-22 12:37

    criminals, criminals, criminals - Ohh God

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-22 12:42

    Great work

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-22 13:11


  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-22 12:46

    Great work

  • msturmair - 2012-02-22 12:48

    death penalty, it seems they keep getting away with the crimes and innocent are being affected.....enough is enough

      Michael - 2012-02-22 12:59

      @msturmair you should be aware of what you are asking for. Remember that no political party abolished the death penalty but the constitutional court. It seems you want to temper with the constitution, a move that you are quick to oppose when some political parties suggest.

      Michael - 2012-02-22 15:31

      Go ahead and press thumbs down, but what i said is a fact and you cannot change it. Pretty to find out how many of you have been ignorant of the fact.

      Barker - 2012-02-22 16:18

      @Michael - the death penalty was abolished by the incumbent government of 1994, before the Constitutional Court was even in existence.

      Michael - 2012-02-22 23:24

      @Barker, go and read the case law.

      Michael - 2012-02-22 23:37

      @Barker maybe I must give you and your ignorant thumbsdowners a hint. 1) NP govt put a moratorium on capital punishment in 1990 2) The same apartheid govt lifted the moratorium in 1993 3) On 6 June 1995 in a case of S v Makwanyane, all 11 judges of the constitutional court declared death penalty unconstitutional Now you tell me where in statutes did current government abolish death penalty? You must be able to support that with facts otherwise you are good as passing hot air.

      Kevin - 2012-02-23 06:37

      @Michael. You may well have all your facts right and can comfortably slag anyone who doesn't, but here's another fact: The crime rate has got worse and the number of deaths from violent crime has risen dramatically since the Death Penalty was abolished. A person who takes another's life forfeits his rights as an upstanding citizen, in my opinion. Why do we continue to allow murderers better living conditions than a lot of our poor citizens?

  • Teeas - 2012-02-22 12:49

    It`sad for someone(customer)lose life in that manner, it`s with deepest regret. Hope police locate the last 2 and bring them to book with no bail at their condition. There`s no doubt it`s inside job with and or a foreiger involved.

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 12:56

      So sad that there was a fatality - people would say he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He wasn't - it was the killers who were not supposed to be there. Condolences to the family, it should never have happened.

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 12:49

    Good work SAPS. Now just get them to squeal on their accomplices.

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-22 13:14

      A few good snotklaps will do the work!

      Jomah - 2012-02-22 15:24

      How about some shock therapy?

  • lulama - 2012-02-22 12:50

    Would have been great if the headline said 2 killed for the Builders killing. Police should have shot them while they were trying to 'escape'.

      Michael - 2012-02-22 13:01

      @Lulama you would then scream about police's shoot to kill tactics. Isn't this what has kept the nation talking in the past week, with a Soweto and East Rand police brutality?

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-22 13:02

      @ Lulama i agree,you dont imagine you will get a call that your loved one has died from doing something as simple as going to builder's Warehouse

      Lunga - 2012-02-22 13:59

      ''CATOR MANOR''

  • Donald - 2012-02-22 12:57

    Great work by the police. Its sad that Poloyatonki felt the need to make such a troll like comment at this time.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-22 12:57

    Great work from our cops. I just wish they had used heavier methods of bringing the bast@rds to justice instead of just arreasitng them. Perhaps they could have considered using the actions of the farmer who resolved a cable theft problem on his farm in a unique way this week. Deepest sympathies to the families.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-22 12:58

    Catching criminals is one thing (not saying its easy & well done to the police) but making sure they are prosecuted is the big problem. We should have special courts like during the WC to handle high profile cases such as murder & drug trafficking to make sure that these animals are prosecuted & quickly. Having experienced our courts as a victim of theft, I was astounded at the waste of time & inefficiency of the courts. The thieves were caught red handed with the stolen goods & yet 2 years after the incident & about 8 court sittings later, we still have no conclusion. The process is uselessly inefficient. Also the punishment is not sufficiently harsh, bring back hard labour, this will be a deterrent I'm sure.

  • Karlien - 2012-02-22 12:59

    Kill all CRIMINALS!!!!

      Stefan - 2012-02-22 13:05

      @Karlien, just keep in mind that it is also a criminal offence to disregard the National Road traffic Act.

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2012-02-22 13:00

    These pieces of sh**t have a habit of singing like canaries. The cops will find the others.

  • John - 2012-02-22 13:02

    Dumb & Dumber, well done to the police put these idiots away for good

  • malcolm - 2012-02-22 13:08

    Realists reign forever. ANC voters serve realists forever.

  • patsngwenya - 2012-02-22 13:10

    These guys deserve to go even a 100 years.

      linda.mthembu - 2012-02-22 13:25

      I couldn't agree with you more. but my worry is that the 100 years won't bring back the person that was shot dead, and that is why I wish people would just let go of whatever they being robbed off, and trust in god that He will provide. Some of us we fight off thugs who are trying to hijack (insured Cars)instead of giving up the car and pray to God that He provides you with a way out. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning what these thieves do but lets just try and save the irreplaceable ie LIFE

      fragtion - 2012-02-22 22:26

      No they don't deserve 100 years, they deserve to be dropped from a tree with a noose wrapped around their neck. Big difference boet, the latter is fair justice served for their ruthless intentional murder

  • Koos - 2012-02-22 13:11

    wish i could have a go at them with a nail gun!

      Koos - 2012-02-22 13:44

      and just who gives this a thumbs down...... polioplankie... that you?? ha ha ha ha

  • Leon - 2012-02-22 13:21

    Follow the normal steps,give them bail, keep on postponing the case until all documents dissappear and then finally drop the case

  • Piet - 2012-02-22 13:30

    They must dig their own graves and must be executed!

  • Mark - 2012-02-22 14:29

    @poloyatonki... arent you the anc guy "employed" to try and discredit the DA in the Western Cape

  • Nick - 2012-02-22 15:09

    what men they are not men no man with a pair and a spine would do such a cowardly cold blooded deed

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-22 15:23

    sALUte to da POlice!

  • Christina - 2012-02-22 15:35

    now this is good work by police officers, now please catch the remaining 2. its very sad to loose an innocent life like this. it is in crimes like this that i wish there was still death penalty. how long? how many people should die in the hands of this headless criminals? death sentence please!!!!!

  • ndalipho.v.share - 2012-02-22 15:51

    Why do we have to bring in politics into everything?Can't wait for that day when crime levels will come down,ppl would stop judging others on the colour of thier skin and everybody would contribute to the fight against crime!lol

  • Evan - 2012-02-22 16:04

    Now, waterboard the two and find out who and where the others are... bet the two in captivity (or who are politely being "held" ) are not cases like this, I'm very pro death penalty, but alas, nothing much will happen, they will get a couple years and be out in no time, making up for lost years.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-22 17:08

    Glad they got two, now get the other two, we need to stop the reward of crime, the money the free ride in prison

  • Rosalind - 2012-02-22 17:19

    Well done to quick responding SAPS! My condolences go out to the family of the victim. It doesn't matter where this kind of thing ocurrs, it is a sad day in SA for yet another family affected by violent crime that has become the norm in our country. Instead of plonkadonkeys making silly comments and silly people responding to them, why don't we take a minute to see how we can be part of the change we want to see happen here! These senseless posts are how NOT to achieve anything constructive!

  • Rosalind - 2012-02-22 17:33

    Another sad day in SA for an innocent family who loses a loved one.

  • Bahle Mathe - 2012-02-22 18:51

    Bheki Cele(Mr SHOOT TO KiLL) gave criminals a fright if only he wasn't suspected of corruption, Eish!!!

      Elemental777 - 2012-02-22 22:42

      Nobody suspects him Bahle we know he acted corruptly

  • Omnivore - 2012-02-22 20:37

    Well done, cops.

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