Police make arrests

A shop owner was shot in the face during a robbery on Friday but is recovering in hospital.

SAPS on the scene. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - A 26-year-old man was on Saturday arrested, while four of his accomplices were on the run, following an attempted robbery at a North West shop.

South African Police Service’s Adele Myburgh said the shop owner, who was shot in the face during the robbery on Friday, was recovering in hospital.

Myburgh said the men held the staff at gun point.

“Another employee, when seeing this, ran outside the shop and shouted for help.

“The owner of the shop came rushing into the shop and shouted at the robbers.

“They then fled the scene empty handed but shot the owner in the face.

Meanwhile, police in the Western Cape arrested a 40-year-old man, after he collected a parcel of heroin at a post office in Epping.

Police said the contraband, which is estimated to be worth around R150,000, was concealed in Indian wrapping.

The police's Andre Traut said the man is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“Routine searches are frequently conducted at Cape Mail, as the mail system is often used to traffic drugs.

“This festive season, our sights are focused on the drug trade and every effort is made to root out this phenomenon.”