Condolences have poured in for a security guard who was fatally shot during an armed robbery at a Polokwane mall on Wednesday. According to Savannah Mall Marketing Manager, Karen Botha, the security guard David Makgoba, was on his way to lunch when he noticed unusual activity at Debbie Mouton Jewellers. When he attempted to alert his colleagues of the situation he was shot, Review Online reported.
“He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and paid with his life.” said Botha.
According to Polokwane police spokesperson Captain Ntobeng Phala, a group of armed robbers stormed a jewellery store at the mall on Wednesday afternoon. The gang made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewellery.
The suspects fled the scene in a Toyota bakkie, a BMW and a new Chevrolet bakkie. Five suspects have since been arrested in connection with the robbery and murder, Phala said.
A shopper, who was at the mall during the incident and wished to remain anonymous, said Makgoba risked his own life to save hers.
“At that stage I was so vulnerable — [Makgoba] took my hand and asked if I am ok. He had the most beautiful smile. He knew he was putting his own life in danger by approaching me. He must have seen the robbers exit the store but he was so relaxed,” she said.
Meanwhile, flowers have been laid at the spot where Makgoba was killed.
Botha assured customers that security at the mall would be tightened in order to prevent a similar incident occurring again.
“Condolences to David Makgoba’s family, friends and colleagues who are traumatised by this horrifying event,” she added.
– Caxton News Service