Shopkeeper murdered for refusing to sell customer cigarettes


A customer, who allegedly stabbed two shopkeepers for refusing to sell cigarettes to him, has been arrested for murder. One of the victims is being treated in hospital for a knife wound to the neck.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the man was arrested in Belhar in the early hours of Thursday, 70km away from the murder scene in Kalbaskraal, Malmesbury.

He faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

The attack took place at about 19:30 on Wednesday.

The shopkeepers of the Kalbaskraal Superette in the main road heard a knock at the door while in their sleeping quarters.

They had closed their shop at 18:00, but had opened after the person at the door identified himself as someone they knew.

"The visitor asked the shopkeepers if he could buy cigarettes. They said no and an argument ensued," Naidoo said.

The sale of cigarettes is prohibited during the national lockdown.

READ | Alcohol ban strengthened to prohibit its transport, cigarette ban remains

"The suspect then stabbed the two shopkeepers with a knife, both … once in the neck. The two victims went outside by opening the front door of the shop to look for help." 

Residents phoned the police and an ambulance.

When they arrived, one of the shopkeepers – a 27-year-old man – had already died.

"The second victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being treated for his injuries."

The man fled the scene, but local police received a tip as to his whereabouts.

He was arrested on Thursday at about 04:00 in Belhar, Naidoo said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 653 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
83% - 7854 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
10% - 957 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.