A 42-year-old tavern owner is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering gunshot wounds in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, North West.
Police are currently looking for eight suspects they believe are responsible for the business robbery. The incident reportedly happened shortly before midnight on Saturday.
North West police spokeswoman Adele Miberg says the suspects entered a tavern, threatened patrons and fired several shots at random before robbing some of them of their cellphones.
“A 42-year-old innkeeper was instructed to open the till and when he refused, he was shot in the abdomen and taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. No other injuries were reported. The robbers broke down a burglar door leading to the owner’s house and after a search took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled into a nearby field where they got into two vehicles, a white Toyota Quantum van and a white bakkie,” Mayberg said.
Meanwhile, tfour people arrested in connection with the shooting at a tavern in Sweetwaters, outside Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
An Enyoben tragedy
Earlier this month, Tavern owner Enyobeni and two employees were released after being arrested on charges related to breaching the Liquor Act. Police said in a statement that the 52-year-old owner and his two employees were arrested on charges related to the case opened by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board. Police released a statement saying the owner and his two employees, aged 33 and 34, face charges related to breaching the Liquor Act.
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