Man shot dead for beer

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Police are investigating a case of murder after a man was shot dead in eSikhawini near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

According to eSikhawini police, the man responded to a knock on his front door when six armed men forcibly entered his home at about 7pm on Sunday and demanded beer, Zululand Observer reported.

The 31-year-old man, who was with his friend at the time, was shot in the neck and died on the scene.

“They came in and first demanded beer, but we told them we only had cigarettes,” the friend said.

Two of the suspects then allegedly pulled out guns and forced the victim’s friend into another room.

“They pulled a pillow case over my head, and at that moment, I heard the two shots,” he added.

Police said a television set, two cellphones, cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen from the house.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Thembinkosi Mkhumane said cases of armed robbery and murder were being investigated.

Earlier this month, an elderly man was shot and killed at his house at the Bundu Estate outside Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

It is alleged the man was asleep when he was woken up by a noise in the house.

He was then approached by an unknown number of suspects, who allegedly pepper-sprayed the man in the face before shooting him dead.

The attackers reportedly fled with a television set and cellphones.

– Caxton News Service

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