4 killed near abandoned Welkom mine

2012-10-18 13:11

Johannesburg - Four people were shot dead and another seriously wounded near an abandoned mine in Welkom on Thursday, police said.

Sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng said the car they were travelling in was attacked shortly after midnight in what appeared to be a robbery.

"The male driver, who was from Zimbabwe, was shot in the neck."

The other four vehicle occupants, all women, were from Lesotho.

"Three of them had been shot in the head, while one of them was shot in the face and shoulder... She survived the shooting and is in a critical condition in hospital," Motsoeneng said.

A 9mm pistol without a serial number was found on the dead driver.

Police suspect that the victims were hawkers who sold food to illegal miners at the St Helena mine.

"We believe an undisclosed amount of money was taken from the victims."

A case of murder, attempted murder and robbery was opened.

  • om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-18 13:26

    Four people murdered for fruit & veg money, in Welkom nogal? And old Spear under the Showerhead wants us to believe S.A. is safe. Is free weed a new perk for the Prez???

      john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 14:08

      Maybe he thinks the murder rate in SA will divert attention from his corruption

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 13:30

    A Zimbabwe man found with an illegal firearm, illegals selling food to illegal miners (probably from Zim as well?). I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry. Forgive me.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 14:00

      @tamuka.matuku. You in Zimbabwe did take it back; and see where it got you ......

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 14:34

      As soon as they've stirred enough and you try and point out the TRUTH they run as they did from Zim and delete their comments. Trolls

  • pacman.nommertwee - 2012-10-18 14:15

    A case of murder, attempted murder and robbery was opened. What about the illegal firearm?

  • Hannah Puissa Mostert - 2012-10-18 17:39

    You don't need four woman to sell fruit and veg! They were prostitutes with their pimp, that's why it was a hit for the money

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