Man shot at Cape Town mall

2012-02-27 15:53

Cape Town - A businessman was shot and wounded at a Cape Town shopping mall on Monday, police said.

He was approached by three men as he parked his vehicle at the Vangate Mall in Athlone around 11:00, Constable Sakhiwo Mbovane said.

He said the man and a passenger were on their way to deposit R50 000.

The gang demanded the money at gunpoint.

Mbovane said the businessman drew his gun and tried to shoot, but the gun jammed.

He was then shot three times by the men, twice in the leg and once in the arm, before they ran away without the money.

The passenger drove the man to hospital, where he was treated.

No arrests had been made by Monday afternoon.

  • Johan - 2012-02-27 15:57

    Good luck to this man and his family! See it is not only Gauteng that suffers from these types of attacks. We have to keep our eyes and ears open, even if in Cape Town.

      Bardy - 2012-02-27 16:19

      Vangate Mall is in a dangerous area. He should have known better than to walk with R50 000 in cash on him in that Mall. Why did he not go to a safer place like the airport or Parow Mall?

      procold2 - 2012-02-27 16:24

      this guy was very lucky, hope the thieves can seethat not all people are scared of them, pity his gun jammed might have been one or two less to contend with

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 16:25

      he is a very stupid man or a very stupid man to go to vangate with 50 000 rand cash

      Kala - 2012-02-27 16:28

      So how did the theives know he had R50 000.00 on his person? I sense an inside job here.

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-27 16:31

      So they knew he had money and his fire arm jammed. I don't believe in coincidence. Maybe a talk with his "friend" is in order here.

      Janice - 2012-02-27 16:36

      Inside job! definitely!!!

      John - 2012-02-27 18:50

      Inside job.... Can be also "active monitoring" from inside the bank reception area. Once deposit become routine like date and time you will be targeted. Don't forget that many people inside of bank reception area are not only for loans and deposits. You may find an "innocent woman" facing exit of the bank from inside...and somehow strangly scratches head or look inside her handbag. You all know that mantrap doors are "locking inside" always one person at the time. The "sign" from inside "triggers" reconnaissance team from outside which stays out of camera and security range. Avoid routines I wish a speedy recovery of the victim.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-28 00:35

      Good work and a lot of luck. Just clean and oil yor fire arm if you need to travel or go somewhere with it. Pepper spray works for me..did in a simular situation.

      Ian - 2012-02-28 07:37

      Im wondering what businessman walks around with a pistol and R50 000 at a mall? Sounds like all these guys are fishy, including the businessman.

      Micah - 2012-02-28 08:55

      Inside job! start questioning the passenger who got away unharmed.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 16:00

    How did the bad people know that he was carrying R 50 000 in cash?

      arthurbrigg - 2012-02-27 16:06

      Could be staff insiders or they were watching his business. Good idea to deposit money at random times and days, use different vehicles and if possible, different staff. Also a good idea to go in two cars with half the cash in each. I've even seen wage earners attacked on their way home on pay-day, usually because they've been watched and followed.

      abigail.fourie - 2012-02-27 16:08

      These are 'professional' thieves... Nothing random about it

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-27 16:17

      But he was on his way to deposit the money ... so there goes the black label KFC thug theory...

      Photoguy - 2012-02-27 20:44

      The bad ppl told them :)

      John - 2012-02-27 21:52

      Sharing "Profit" with Teller inside? I don't think that someone will do this if can source own intel directly. Why risking if you don't have any gurantees and knowing that teller will be protected in event of "internal investigation" with cooperation of police. Just remember that organized crime usues internal information (no doubt), but "eyes on the ground" is the best and prefered method. Just to give you a good example of "eyes on the ground". Go to Any Home Affairs office or Trafic department for any kind of paperwork. Ask yourself that question. How from the parking lot to the counter you are being monitored and at "the right moment" you being offered a "special services" and "speed in the process"? Watch for those "teams". They probably working on rotation shifts also. I say....well done how those things are perfecftly monitored and executed. If we had such a comitment in "no-crime" activities we will be a better country to live.

      Theo - 2012-02-28 04:28

      inside job

  • Werner - 2012-02-27 16:00

    I smell an inside job...

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-02-27 21:16

      Noooooooo! You think?

  • Dennis - 2012-02-27 16:02

    Mmmmmmm something very fishy going on here !!

  • Mart - 2012-02-27 16:03

    Get well soon Mr Businessman. Please keep your weapon clean and serviceable at all could have saved us, the tax payer, a lot of money by dispatching those mutants. 'Kill or be killed' is the name of the game as far as said mutants is concerned, so do not hesitate...ever !

  • eddiebant - 2012-02-27 16:15

    Get rid of that gun.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 16:24

      then they'll just stab you for a cell phone or wallet. Take the weapons away from criminals and give everyone else a gun. Rather get rid of the criminal ... permanently

      Rob - 2012-02-27 18:03

      Probably had the safety on!

      Gideon - 2012-02-27 18:16

      And buy a Glock or a HK...good call!

  • Nigel - 2012-02-27 16:15

    don't carry R 50 000 around with you, asking for trouble.

      bounca363 - 2012-02-27 17:00

      Hu UHMMMM....he was on his way to deposit it. logic......he was trying to get rid of the cash, hence the attack, dont blame hime, the robbers are pro's and I seriously doubt it was an inside job.

  • unathi.ndongeni - 2012-02-27 16:16

    Out of all the people going in @ Vangate mall, they chose him and he happended to be carrying R50K with a gun *not all business man carry the gun with their cash* and he gets shot in the arm and leg....r those thugs professionals.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-27 16:52

      penny,you seem to know a lot about kfc and black that your families staple diet?

  • Ian - 2012-02-27 16:25

    It is easy to find these guys. THis is obviously an inside job or else how would they have kwon about it. Start looking at the employees or even a possible insurance fraud case.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-27 16:37

    The sad thing is there shouldnt be comments about "being stupid to carry so much cash"!!! We should be able to live our lives normaly without these parasitic lazy retards! Today its not shock at the attack but shock that someone actually still believes he/she can walk freely in South Africa!

      snylo - 2012-02-27 17:11

      Agree, and also shock in that they didn't actually shoot the businessman dead!

      Gideon - 2012-02-27 18:19

      Never surrender. Your chances of survival statistically significantly improve if you resist your assailants.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-02-27 16:45

    He should sue the shop that sold him a gun that jams, he could have shot the buggers. Hope he pulls through and someone else manages to shoot the scumbags.

  • bounca363 - 2012-02-27 16:58

    Please explain?!...."No arrests had been made by Monday afternoon."......did the article jump through a time warp or something. LMAO. only 24!!!

  • Manny - 2012-02-27 17:12

    @ Penny-Wise: He went to DEPOSIT money, not withdraw . . .These days the baddies dont eat KFC and drink Black Label... They have money, dress well, eat well and live well. Better than most of us.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-27 17:16

    So much for the super save capetown, guess the crime comes to mohammed...

  • richard.barnard2 - 2012-02-27 17:29

    inside job. how did they know about the 50k?

  • John - 2012-02-27 17:45

    Should be an easy one.... how many knew he was running around with R50k on him

  • Jango - 2012-02-27 17:54

    This is what happens when you have a cheap gun with feckless ammo (probably reloads). Next time, get a Glock and use Corbon +P+ high power rounds.

      Gideon - 2012-02-27 18:21

      Too true. Hollowpoints preferably, less risk to public that way.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-27 17:59

    The ideal catalyst for crime in our country is the numerous examples set by leaders in government and the failure in our legal system.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-27 18:45


  • Hugo - 2012-02-27 18:07

    disadvantage of caring a gun is that it worsens the situation.If you carry a gun for protection make sure it is in good condition and once you draw, fire because you will not have a second chance,speedy recovery.

  • Photoguy - 2012-02-27 20:38

    I am sure this was an outside job :)

  • shirley.sachs1 - 2012-02-27 21:37

    This is an inside job, for sure. No doubt about it.

      Hugo - 2012-02-27 22:44

      photoguy disagrees

  • Eugene - 2012-02-27 22:23

    IF only the Police read news24 comments... thieves (inside) would have been caught by now!

  • Tim - 2012-02-28 06:40


  • Lionel - 2012-02-28 08:09

    Clearly an inside job

  • crazyjourno - 2012-02-28 08:16

    Another day, another murder - *yawn*

  • Caleb - 2012-02-28 09:01

    How can people comment on where this man should have been. It's not his fault that he was robbed and assaulted. Vangate mall is a safe mall and there are banks there for people to use. I've used it many times without incident. Not too long ago, there were incidents at Century City, so where do we go? We go where we need to go. We cannot let criminals dicatate where we should be. We've already made our homes prisons, so let's not make our public spaces prison's too. To make this man partly responsible for his assualt, is like telling a woman she was raped because her skirt was too short. These were bad men and irrespective who was shot, it could have happened to you or I. Let's take back our city, for our children's sake.

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-02-28 09:05

    At least by having a gun, the man had an equal chance of protecting heimself. But next time, buy a revolver.

      Cosmic - 2012-02-28 10:05

      Pistol or revolver, go to the shooting range at least once a month, service and clean the gun afterwards, have decent self defence ammo loaded, and check and re-check that you are ready when you go to the bank. Having that amount of cash on you must ring the warning bells

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-28 10:06


  • slawek.puk - 2012-02-28 10:07

    Rainbow nation style right?

  • Eli - 2012-02-28 13:34

    It sounds like an inside job. how did they know they had that money... Ag, this is stupid. People are so stupid.

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