Shop owner overpowers robbers in Humansdorp


A HUMANSDORP shop owner fought off two armed robbers despite being wounded in the arm yesterday evening.

Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said two men entered a spaza shop in Vumazonke Street at 6.30pm.

“One of the men pretended to be a customer and bought cigarettes. While the spaza shop owner was assisting him, a second men took out a firearm and held the owner at gunpoint.

Nkohli said that, in an act of bravery, the 38-year-old businessman grabbed the firearm and started wrestling with the suspect.

A shot went off and a bullet struck the owner on the left upper arm, but he managed get hold of the firearm.

The two suspects fled the premises on foot without taking anything from the shop. The shop owner was taken to hospital for treatment.

At the scene, police seized a 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off and three rounds of ammunition.

“The firearm will to be sent to the laboratory for ballistic investigation.”

Police are  investigating a case of attempted business robbery. Anyone with information that could assist with police investigation is urged to contact the nearest police station or share information via Crime Stop 08600 10111.

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