Pastor hailed a hero after giving his life in an attempt to stop armed robbers

Pastor hailed a hero after giving his life in an attempt to stop armed robbers

- A pastor and eThekwini Municipality official, Langa Mhlonishwa Sakhile, has passed away after being was shot

- Sakhile tried to stop armed thugs when they robbed a store on Saturday

- According to an eyewitness, Sakhile sustained a gunshot wound to the chest while trying to stop a robber

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A pastor and eThekwini Municipality official was hailed a hero after he bravely attempted to stop an armed robber over the weekend.

According to a report by IOL, Langa Mhlonishwa Sakhile parked his car at the roadside in Durban’s South Beach area on Saturday with the intent to visit a friend.

However, upon arrival Sakhile heard people screaming about a robbery. Eyewitnesses recounted the horrific incident on Sunday, telling the Daily News that Sakhile was shot in the chest when he tried to stop one of the robbers.

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Pastor hailed a hero after giving his life in an attempt to stop armed robbers

Pastor hailed a hero after giving his life in an attempt to stop armed robbers. Photo credit: Langa Mhlonishwa Sakhile/Facebook.
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Witnesses arrested the gunmen but his accomplice got away. Sadly, the heroic pastor passed away in Addington Hospital later that day, learned.

The incident was confirmed by police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele. She revealed that four gunmen robbed a South Beach Avenue supermarket of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

The men attempted to flee and a "community member, who assisted in chasing the suspect, was shot and injured".

Mbele added the man was taken to the hospital but he passed away soon afterwards.

"The suspect was immediately arrested and the firearm was recovered. Cases of robbery and murder were opened at Point police station for investigation,” she said.

According to friends and family, Sakhile died for something he believed in. He lived a rich life, appearing as an actor on local TV dramas as well as acting as the pastor of the eThekwini Community Church.

Sakhile also worked at the Parks, Recreation and Culture department and according to his Facebook page, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Thembinkosi Ngcobo, the head of Parks, Recreation and Culture, opened up about Sakhile, whom had been fighting cancer.

“He was brave, and although he was not himself, he was recovering and was starting to be himself again. He had fears that the cancer was going to kill him but never thought he could die like this, at the hands of criminals,” said Ngcobo.

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