Gqeberha residents urged to be vigilant after robberies, fatal shooting at St George's beach

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Police warned the public to steer clear of St George's Beach in Gqeberha after the latest in a string of robberies proved deadly.
Police warned the public to steer clear of St George's Beach in Gqeberha after the latest in a string of robberies proved deadly.
Eugene Coetzee
  • Police have warned Gqeberha residents to be vigilant near St George's Beach.
  • This after a man was murdered during a robbery in the parking lot.
  • The robbery is one of several that have taken place at the beach, police say.


Eastern Cape police have warned the public to steer clear of St George's Beach in Gqeberha after the latest in a string of robberies proved deadly.

On Friday, police were called out to the beach following the shooting of a 45-year-old man.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said:

The victim was found shot in the head, lying outside his white Datsun GO on Friday evening. It is alleged that at about 18:30 police attended to a complaint of a shooting in the beach parking area (near bushes) where the victim was found. He passed away in hospital. His cellphone and money were taken. Two windows of his vehicle were also broken.

The motive for the fatal shooting was robbery, said Naidu.

There have been several reports of robberies in the area, she added.

Following the murder, police have issued a warning to the public, urging them to be vigilant when parking near St George's Beach.

Naidu said:

Police are warning people to avoid the bushy area, especially at night, as reports reveal that the suspect is hiding in the bushes, waiting for his prey. The suspect is described as tall, lean and light in complexion. He is armed.

Anyone who can assist in tracing the man or spots a suspicious-looking man fitting the above description has been asked to contact Swartkops police Detective Sergeant Lundi Nikelo on 082 442 1683 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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