Two brothers – who ran the popular butchery and supermarket, Blou Bul Meat and Fish Market, in Pretoria central – were killed on Monday during an armed robbery at their business premises, according to police

Pretoria central police spokesperson, Captain Augustinah Selepe, said the shop owners were gunned down before an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen at the busy shop at the corner of Paul Kruger and Scheiding Streets.

“A business robbery and two murders were reported today [Monday] at about 06h05 at Blou Bul Meat and Fish Market, in Pretoria Central. Our preliminary investigations reveal that five suspects entered the Blou Bul butchery under the pretence of buying. They immediately pointed firearms at the business owners and staff and killed the two brothers,” said Selepe.

“A brown box with an undisclosed amount was taken by the suspects. Video footage shows that the suspects were using two vehicles – one silver/grey Mercedes Benz and a white Mercedes Benz.”

Some eyewitnesses said the crime was committed by a gang of up to eight men

“They parked and went into the shop. Two of them were wielding handguns. It happened very quickly. In no time, the robbers fled in their two Mercedes-Benz cars. No one could stop them,” said a car guard working outside the shop.

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“The brothers upped their security when there was an attempted robbery in December. They were good men, but all that has gone to waste. This country is not safe for anyone.”

Vegetable vendor, Phyllis Ndou, said crime was a great concern in the Pretoria inner city.

“Imagine if these shop owners, with some security, can be robbed and killed like flies. I heard the gunshots and I knew that the day had started on a bad note. Instead of doing their work, police officers just go around harassing street vendors and demanding bribes. We are terrified,” said Ndou.

“This Blou Bul shop is where all of us, the poorest of the poor buy meat for our families. Their prices are very reasonable and that is why hordes of people always frequent this shop.”

The shop was closed on Monday.

Police ask for help from the public

Selepe appealed to members of the public to assist in the ongoing investigation to find the suspects.

“We urge members of the public with information to assist in apprehending the suspects to contact 10111 emergency-numbers. Information with regards to crime can be given to the police anonymously by phoning 08600 10111 or by sending an SMS to 32211,” she said.

 

Author: ANA Newswire