National 8.8.2016 04:07 pm

Panelbeater owner dies in wage dispute

Panelbeater owner dies over wage dispute

Panelbeater owner dies over wage dispute

Renier Theron, owner of Ren-Tech Auto Panelbeaters in Lake Avenue, died on Saturday after a former employee allegedly shot him the previous day.

The victim was 40 years old and was shot twice in his upper body over a wage dispute, Benoni Times reports.

Theron was allegedly shot on the business premises.

“The suspect worked at the panel beater for two days until he had a dispute with the owner,” said Benoni Police Station spokesperson Captain Nomsa Sekele.

The suspect collected his salary on Friday (August 5) for the two days he worked. When he collected his money from a worker at the panelbeater he was unhappy with the amount and demanded to see the owner. Sekele said the employee allegedly shot Theron and ran away.

Theron was airlifted to Netcare Union hospital in a critical condition.

Initially a case of attempted murder was opened at the Benoni Police Station on that same day but after his death, the case changed to murder.

No arrests have been made yet.

– Caxton News Service 

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