Taiwanese Ambassador Michael Hsu said: “We are shocked and furious about this incident. We sincerely hope that the South African government will look into the matter and pay attention to security issues that have already happened so many times to members of the Taiwanese community in South Africa.”
According to the Taipei Liaison Office, the attack occurred at about 6pm on Thursday. Alexander Chou, information officer of the Taipei Liaison Office in South Africa, said five men in an unmarked car drove into the mini-factory premises in the industrial zone of Germiston after the security guard gave them access.
“He saw ‘policemen’ in the car and let them in. There were three people wearing police officer uniform and two in civilian clothes,” claimed Chou. They stopped outside the business of Taiwanese businessman Ming-Chung Pan. “One or two of the people in the car entered the office of the factory and found Pan. They used a knife and stabbed him seven times. The worst stab wound punctured his lung.”
While Pan was being stabbed, another police officer went to the neighbouring mini-factory to rob it, but was unsuccessful after the owner locked him between two gates. “The officer pleaded with the businessman who eventually had to let him go,” said Chou.
A criminal case was registered with Germiston Police, said Chou. When Pan’s uncle went to Germiston Police Station, he saw the vehicle involved inside the police station. “According to the officers in police station the vehicle was a Germiston police CID vehicle. His uncle also discovered all the evidence has been taken out of the docket.”
He added the attempted murder had had a ripple effect on the business community.
Chou estimated there are 8 000 Taiwanese businesses in SA who contribute R20 billion annually to the economy.