The two men arrested for robbing a petrol station and shooting a security guard in Brixton, Johannesburg will face charges of attempted murder and armed robbery.
The incident happened on Monday morning.
Police said the Alert Security and Armed Response Services (ASARS) guard was wounded by armed suspects who had just robbed the petrol station.
Captain Mavela Masondo told News24 that, the perpetrators took an undisclosed amount of cash, car keys and a cell phone from the petrol station shop, before attacking the ASARS guard.
“On their way out, the suspects shot at the security guard who was busy cleaning his company car windscreen next to the fuel pumps. They disarmed him of his company firearm. The security guard sustained injuries to his leg and was taken to hospital for treatment,” Masondo said.
The police followed the suspects to the Denver hostel where they arrested them and recovered a vehicle allegedly used during the robbery.
Attempted murder is a serious charge and criminals found guilty of this inhumane act, must be subjected to the harshest sentence possible. South Africa is under siege by elements that have no intention of upholding the rule of law, and only think of how to make a quick buck, irrespective of consequences.
Society as a whole, need to take a firm stand on any crime involving attempted murder, and support all crime-fighting initiatives. Some say that these crimes are committed because of unemployment, but that is a fallacy. Many legitimate opportunities for employment does exist, as well as opportunities to start a small business venture for yourself within a demarcated local area.
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