2 shot dead in new year's day attacks

2014-01-02 10:13


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Johannesburg - An acclaimed architect and an artist were shot and killed by robbers in two separate new year's attacks, The Star reported on Thursday.

Architect and yachtsman Rob Meek, 62, was killed on the stoep of his beach bungalow in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape.

His wife Di told the newspaper three men wearing balaclavas approached the group of family and friends just after midnight on new year's eve. She said the men did not ask for anything before one of them shot her husband.

"There was no provocation," she said, adding that the three ran off without taking anything.

Artist shot dead

Artist Clinton de Menezes was shot dead in Durban during a home invasion in the early hours of new year's day, The Mercury newspaper reported.

De Menezes, who was staying with friends in Berea West, Durban, went to help a friend prevent armed robbers from entering the house by closing a glass sliding door. The robbers fired a single shot through the door, fatally wounding the artist. They stole a cellphone, laptop, and a handbag.

De Menezes left South Africa several years ago and had been living in Kenya with his wife and daughter. According to the report he had works in private and corporate collections internationally.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane was quoted as saying that seven men were arrested in connection with the shooting and were expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court. They had also been linked to a number of robberies in the neighbouring Westville suburb.

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