Shoprite Usave Manager Killed During Store Robbery, Crooks Stole Braai Packs and R650, Leaving Mzansi Angry

Shoprite Usave Manager Killed During Store Robbery, Crooks Stole Braai Packs and R650, Leaving Mzansi Angry

  • A 26-year-old Shoprite Usave manager from Xihoko Village was shot and killed on Wednesday
  • The murder of Shaile Chipape took place during an armed robbery, and the assailants managed to get away with two braai packs, amongst other things
  • South Africans are outraged by the senseless murder and are in disbelief that the young man was killed for such small items

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LIMPOPO - A Shoprite USave manager was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Xihoko Village, Limpopo, on Wednesday at around 7pm.

A customers carries a Shoprite-branded shopping bag inside a Shoprite Holdings Ltd. store
An armed robber at Shoprite Usave in Limpopo led to the death of the manager. Images: Nadine Hutton & Darren Stewart
Source: Getty Images

The staff was also brutally attacked by the robbers and sustained minor injuries.

Robbers steal braai packs and money from Shoprite

According to SowetanLIVE, 26-year-old Shaile Chipape from Seshego, Polokwane, was shot by the criminals and died at the scene.

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The armed robbers reportedly came into the store and demanded money from the store manager before shooting him. They stole a couple of cellphones, two 5kg braai packs and R650 in cash.

The police and emergency services were called to the scene, but the suspects managed to make a run for it before they arrived.

Police launch manhunt for criminals that killed a Shoprite manager

Police spokesperson Col Malesela Ledwaba stated that the police are investigating the theft at the Shoprite Usave store and the murder of the manager.

IOL reports that the Police Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has called on the police to launch a manhunt to track and trace the culprits responsible for the brutal crime.

Ledwaba has also called on the public to come forward with any information that may lead to an arrest or the suspects' whereabouts to contact Crime Stop at 08600-10111 or visit the nearest police station.

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Safety and Security expert speaks on armed robberies in South Africa

Speaking exclusively to Briefly News, Gareth Newham, head of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) explained how armed robberies affect victims and the communities at large.

In an armed robbery situation where criminals display a willingness to use physical harm, Newham explained that the direct victims will experience high-level trauma in addition to their injuries.

Newham added that these kinds of crimes also create a sense of fear in the communities affected. He added that the police should address these kinds of crimes "through targeted intelligence" and thorough police investigations because such assailants are hardened criminals.

"The individuals that use violence to rob people, particularly in businesses, are typically hardened and experienced criminals or are on their way to becoming so.
They are likely to have started with street robbery using knives, and after becoming comfortable with this type of crime, then start focusing on bigger, more lucrative targets such as businesses or residences," said Newham.

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Since these types of criminals are unlikely to stop committing armed robberies until they are jailed, Newham stated that the police should prioritise all types of aggravated robberies and develop the necessary intelligence to catch these criminals.

"Police intelligence should develop informers across all networks dealing in stolen goods so that they can identify those involved in robberies where such items are stolen.
Unless the police prioritise tackling this crime, it tends to increase until it reaches saturation, where robberies become a common enough occurrence that communities take matters into their own hands," explained Newham.

South Africans outraged by the senseless death of the Shoprite manager

@ms_tourist said:

"And someone lost his life! Yoh! Ay... Heartless thugs."

@emmielurv said:

"Yoh, crime in this country is too much "

@PuffPuffPass77 said:

"Price of life is cheap."
@thandietash said:
"I am so disappointed in them. All that work for TWO 5kg, mixed portions? Wow."

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@rahlollwa said:

"I am not going to say anything about which nation did this, but anyone with eyes to see can tell who is responsible. 2 bags of 5kg chicken and R650 "

@MarumoMashigo said:

" A person lost their life for, two 5kg chicken portions, what has our nation become? Hope they are all arrested sooner than later."

@MrNaturesdrip said:

"Shame man the poor guy died working for USAVE. Imagine USAVE. I doubt he earned even 10k. A very young man trying to make a living. My condolences."

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