Guard stabbed to death

2019-07-15 09:13
The Luxmi Post Office in Raisethorpe was closed yesterday after a security guard was stabbed to death there. PHOTO: MOEKETSI MAMANE

The Luxmi Post Office in Raisethorpe was closed yesterday after a security guard was stabbed to death there. PHOTO: MOEKETSI MAMANE

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A 41-year-old private security guard, who was stationed at the Luxmi Post Office on Chota Motala Road, in Raise­thorpe, was stabbed to death in a botched mugging on Friday.

The man’s bloodied body was found by post office staffers at about 6 am in the doorway with a single stab wound in the neck.

It is believed that he had just arrived at work for his morning shift when he was accosted by unknown assailants.

A post office staffer who spoke to Weekend Witness on Friday said the security guard was still alive when they found him.

“We immediately phoned an ambulance. The medics tried to revive him, but he had lost a lot of blood and died at the scene.

“We think the people who attacked him had followed him to work. You could see he was fighting. There were blood spatters everywhere.”

The traumatised staffer described the security guard as a “wonderful” man.

“It’s really sad that he had to die like this. He did his work so diligently and was always willing to go the extra mile to help everyone around here.

“I am traumatised and can’t believe it, I’m still shaking and can’t work.”

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the man’s empty wallet was found next to him.

Mbele said a case of murder was opened at the Mountain Rise police station. No arrests have been made yet.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal SA Post Office spokesperson Nobuhle Njapha confirmed that the man was employed by an external contractor.

“The Post Office would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. The police are investigating ...”

The post office was closed after the incident.

A member of the Raisethorpe policing forum, who was at the scene but declined to be named, said it was worrying that the guard was unarmed.

“We have a lot of these security guards who have no protection.

“A pepper spray is not going to do anything when a robber has a gun or a knife.”

The member said while muggings had decreased in the Raisethorpe CBD, more police visibility was needed.

“The biggest deterrent in the past has been having reservists. When they had reservists walking up and down, Raisethorpe CBD was crime-free and very clean. We are only given the run around when it comes to reservists. If there are 45 000 reservists in the country, why can’t Mountain Rise have at least 20 reservists? There are people willing to join the reserve force.”



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