Alley Cat Café owner Ebrahim Shaik had sustained stab wounds to his arm and leg while trying to fight off a robber, Public Eye Maritzburg reported.
Shaik’s sister Naseema Shaik-Smith said the incident happened just after 9pm on Friday while the café was closing.
“My 13-year-old son was also at the shop with his friend. When his friend left, he did not lock the closed door,” said Shaik-Smith.
It was believed Shaik had been in the back of the shop when he heard his nephew screaming for him to come to the front.
“My frightened son locked himself in the toilet. When my brother came from the back, he saw a man with two knives and his face disguised over his face demanding money,” said Shaik-Smith.
Shaik was said to have put up a fight by hitting the suspect with a crate.
According to Shaik-Smith, a passer-by believed to be an off-duty police officer saw what was happening and fired a warning shot.
The robber then took off with two cell phones and a tablet; which he dropped after the police officer fired another shot.
Shaik was rushed to hospital for medical treatment. No arrests had been made after the man fled the scene.
In a separate incident about R19 000 in cash was stolen. Mackeurtan Avenue restaurant staff members were robbed of their valuables when armed robbers stormed the Durban restaurant in September.
Police said the robbers hit the restaurant at about 10.35pm, as the establishment was closing.
The restaurant had been robbed by three armed men who made off with R20 000 and five cell phones in July last year.
The Democratic Alliance yesterday called for an action plan to curb mall robberies.
DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard urged Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to present a full briefing to parliament on how to curb the recent spate of mall robberies.
– Caxton News Service