Two people were found dead in Anderson Street after a robbery went wrong on Saturday night.
It is alleged that one of them was shot and killed while trying to rob a security officer, Themba Nkosi from Phoenix Security.
The other was found dead in his room on Sunday morning.
The cause of death is unknown.The two victims are believed to be part of a notorious robbery gang, known for troubling people in Anderson Street.
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On Sunday and Monday morning the residents in the area were allegedly heard celebrating, saying, “Have you heard that boy umbulali (killer) is dead?”
According to a source, Nkosi was at a club called H2. He had left his gun in the car, which was parked a few metres from the club.
“A fight broke out while he was inside the club. He then went outside to get his gun. The people he was fighting were planning to rob him. They are known for bad things, we are not surprised.
They use drugs and are always making trouble,” the woman shared in anonymity, for fear of victimisation.
“The security officer fired a warning shot before shooting. They were also shooting at him. He shot one of them and the other guy was found dead the next morning in his room. He was last seen buying a bottle of whiskey and he went up to his room,” she said.
Jandré Stander from Phoenix Security, said Nkosi was on Anderson Street when the incident occurred.
“From what I heard, he went there on Saturday night to hang out with his girlfriend when about eight men tried to rob him at around 23:00. A fight broke out because they took his phone and tried to steal the bakkie he was driving, which belongs to the security company,” he explained.
“During the fight they dropped the phone and he managed to get it back, but they kept the car keys. He fired a warning shot in the air. The second shot hit one of the robbers. When I arrived at the scene on Sunday morning, I found the second victim dead. Upon investigation I was told that he bought a bottle of whiskey after he returned from the hospital,” Stander related.
“They were also shooting at him because when I went to the scene, I found two cartridges. Police had discovered the other cartridges, which shows that Nkosi fired a warning shot after he realised he was under attack by the robbers.”
After the off-duty security guard shot one of the robbers, the group of bandits stole his bakkie and drove their friend to the hospital, leaving Nkosi stranded, said Stander.
“Nkosi called one of the employees in our Mbombela offices, who went to the scene and drove him to hospital since he was also injured. The police only took the robbers’ statement, not Nkosi’s. They arrested him.”
According to Stander, Nkosi has worked with Phoenix Security for about 10 years and he has never caused any trouble.
“He’s a good guy and he does his job very well. I was not there but I heard they were trying to rob him. After they took the car, they left it at the hospital,” he stated.
The police confirmed that a man was shot dead on Saturday night.
Nkosi appeared at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder. The case was postponed to August 3.
According to police spokesman Lt Col Erhard Stroh, a fight broke out in the club. “There was an argument and the security officer went outside,” he confirmed.