Man feared execution during robbery

2011-12-01 22:25

Johannesburg - A man shot during a robbery at a supermarket believed he was going to be executed, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

"I heard a 'click' sound, but no shot went off. I can still hear that sound," testified Andre Erlank snr, a member of the Mnandi Community Watch in Centurion, in the trial of Mandla Ntuli, 26.

Ntuli is accused of shooting Erlank, murdering Watch member Louis Viljoen, 39, assaulting Erlank's son with a firearm and robbing the Mnandi Spar on February 2 2009.

Ntuli has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His alleged accomplices Mzokhona Nene, 23, and Sibusiso Sibiya, 24, are wanted after skipping bail.

Erlank said he and his son arrived at the supermarket minutes before the robbery began. His son was inside when Erlank saw men walking in.

Another man followed, pulling a firearm out of his pants and firing into the shop.

Erlank said he was alerting the Community Watch when Ntuli opened his car door and shot him in the chest.

He crawled out of the car and was pinned to the ground by two of the robbers, who searched his pockets for money and his cellphone.

One of them then put a firearm to his head and pulled the trigger, but no shot went off.

The robbers fled when Community Watch members arrived.

Erlank was taken to hospital by a friend. The robbers fired at them as they drove away.

The trial continues on Friday.

  • Paul - 2011-12-02 02:47

    Execution ? What rubbish is this ? Execution and murder, which is what this situation is all about, are two completely different concepts. SA media need to get their facts sorted out...this term comes up a lot in crime reporting.

      Gollum - 2011-12-02 04:56

      You're absolutely right, just bad english but a very common mistake

      Christopher - 2011-12-02 05:18

      You're actually incorrect. Execute is correctly used as a synonym for murder, it can mean in the capital law sense, but it is also perfectly acceptable in this context.

  • Charl - 2011-12-02 06:30

    Question: Why did they even get bail??? "His alleged accomplices Mzokhona Nene, 23, and Sibusiso Sibiya, 24, are wanted after skipping bail."

      Gary - 2011-12-02 08:39

      I am glad someone else also noticed what I think is the most pertinent point in this article. This highlights one of the major flaws in our criminal justice system.

  • Roy - 2011-12-02 07:19

    Give the people the right to defend themselves against this type of rubbish by letting themselves carry arms again. The goverment is not capable of looking after its citizens so we must look after ourselves.

      Cameronl - 2011-12-02 08:25

      I agree, the government is a 3 ring circus that doesnt even entertain us anymore with its moronic behaviour. Shoot to kill, these bastards feel nothing about taking the lives of the innocent

  • JMan - 2011-12-02 07:53

    Why do these animals, charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault etc, still get bail??? Do they REALLY think that they will turn up at court??? Seriously....

      Dave - 2012-03-28 01:07

      Yip John, out on bail for what...Oh no nothing much just a little case pending for armed robbery, agravated assault, attempted murder and murder??? Madness...and they didn't show up, NO sh...t!!

  • sandra.inja - 2011-12-02 08:06

    shows you in this country your life is not worth one dime.....

  • Nigel - 2011-12-02 08:09

    execute them!!!

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-02 08:22

    I cannot imagine the irrepairable psychological damage that man will suffer from probably for the rest of his life, to be so close to death. At some point the public will not stand for this, I have little doubt that people will turn on these sons of b`s..... I say shoot the lot of them, kill them, clean this country up dammit. people are leaving this country because of crap like this, im not saying the grass is greener on the other side, but maybe, just maybe it will be safer.. Police PLEASE get off your ass`s and do something! declare marshal law and shoot to kill these bastards. I trully feel for this man, I hope he recovers from this traumatic event

  • Omnivore - 2011-12-02 08:53

    They gave them bail? No wonder vigilantism is so popular.

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2011-12-02 09:08

    The term execution implies a legal process. It makes my blood boil when I see it being used in the context of murder being carried out by these sub-human savages. Shoot, kill and rape is what they know, and God speed the day when they end up dangling on the end of a rope!

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