Cape Town Man Shot to Death Over Queue at Petrol Pump, South Africans Shake in Fear

Cape Town Man Shot to Death Over Queue at Petrol Pump, South Africans Shake in Fear

  • Two Cape Town-based motorists fought over who was supposed to pour petrol first at a station
  • The altercation escalated into a fatal conflict when one of them gunned the other down and ran away
  • South Africans are lamenting the state of lawlessness in the country

Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News's current affairs journalist, provided coverage of criminal activities and their societal implications during his four years at Daily Sun.

A man shot another motorist to death after they fought over a petrol pump in Cape Town
South Africans cried after a man killed a motorist at a petrol station. Images: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images and Westend61
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Two men fought over a petrol pump and the fight got so bad that one of them pulled a gun out and killed the other. All of this happened in Mfuleni in Cape Town, Western Cape, and it was a death that left South Africans in tears.

2 Men argue over petrol pump queue

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According to IOL, the two men were in a line to pour petrol over the weekend. They allegedly argued fiercely over who arrived at the pump first. The argument turned deadly when the suspect produced a firearm and shot the victim. He then reportedly fled the scene. The police are investigating a murder case.

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The Community Policing Firum's deputy chairperson, France Mashaba, revealed that gangsterism in the area has caused crime to increase. He added that gun-related crime is also on the rise.

Mzansi left speechless by the death

South Africans on Facebook were devastated by the death and lamented how a life was lost.

NG Mariti said:

“That’s why I just walk away from arguments. Yesterday at Gugulethu Mall’s SuperSpar, there was a guy who jumped the line in front of me and wanted to start a fight. I told the cashier to help him so he could go.”

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Nokuphila Masibi wrote:

“Even when you know you are right, let’s learn to keep quiet. Psychopaths surround us. A life can be lost for nothing.”

Marilyn Joubert was sad.

“Haibo, we are an angry nation.”

Werner Burger observed:

“To lose your life over something this futile. Sad!”

Denzil Ganasen pointed out:

“This was bound to happen somewhere. In Durban, attendants don’t check, motorists complain and arguments ensue. People need to relax.”

Carl Taylor mused:

“This country has become a vigilante mafia state under ANC rule.”

Learner stabs classmate to death over a chair

In a related incident, Briefly News reported that a high school learner stabbed his classmate to death over a chair.

The incident took place in the Western Cape and the police alleged that the victim and the suspect got into an argument over who the chair belonged to. The suspect was stabbed with a pair of scissors and returned the next day with a knife. He stabbed the victim to death and was arrested.

Source: Briefly News

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