The Worcester community has been left rattled by a robbery which took the life of a 55-year-old Shoprite manager. Police say that the woman had been approached shortly after opening by the assailants.
A 55-year-old woman was murdered in an apparent robbery at the Zwelethema Shoprite in Worcester this weekend.
IOL reports that the store manager had been fatally shot after refusing to give the alleged thieves the keys to the business.
Noloyiso Rwexena, spokesperson for the police, says that the woman had been approached after she had been dropped off for work
“Three armed men perpetrated a business robbery and shot the victim."
Shoprite has condemned the incident and vowed to aid the victim's family and fellow staff members in any way possible:
“The Shoprite supermarket group deplores the escalating levels of violence and incidents of crime in its communities, preventing ordinary citizens from going about their daily lives in peace and conducting their normal business in public places, depriving them of their safety."
Meanwhile, Russell Cupido, Police Forum spokesperson for the area, admitted that residents are living in fear:
“We are afraid that it will keep on happening because there is no adequate punishment for the perpetrators. Police are doing their jobs but there is a fault in the follow-through with the criminal justice system.The fact that there are perpetrators in our community running around with guns is atrocious. This means nobody is safe to trade anymore as criminals are shooting in broad daylight."
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