KwaZulu-Natal Police have confirmed they are investigating an incident in which a man was allegedly killed by a security guard at Siyaya Cash and Carry – a large supermarket in Pietermaritzburg’s CBD.
< p> Provincial spokesman Colonel Nqobile Gwala said: “It is alleged that at 07:30 today a 30-year-old man was fatally shot by a security guard in a supermarket on Pietermaritz Street.”
She said a 51 The suspect was arrested at the scene while the firearm used was seized by police. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.
After the shooting, pedestrians attempted to loot the store while others began throwing stones at motorists and the store.
The director general of Pietermaritzburg’s crime-fighting initiative, Safe City, Lucas Holtzhausen said while the team monitored the surveillance cameras, they spotted a large gathering outside the store.
“That immediately drew suspicion. We alerted the police, who quickly entered the area,” said Holtzhausen.
He said he did not know the cause of the incident, which was widely shared on social media with videos and photos.< /p>< p>A source told TimesLIVE that the riot was “caused by a receipt.” He said the situation was so tense that police reinforcements were called.
The deceased has been identified as a salesman plying his trade at a local taxi rank.
As with many of the shops, it attracts Siyaya Cash and Carry has a significant number of spaza shop owners and sellers as customers. The densely populated part of the city is notorious for criminal activity.
“We often find that there are many vagrants loitering around looking for crime opportunities,” said Holtzhausen.
< p >The shop owners could not be immediately reached for comment.
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