WC police investigate Waterstone Village Mall attack

A guard from G4S security firm was killed during the robbery at the mall’s Pick n Pay.

Waterstone Village Shopping Centre in Somerset West. Picture: www.waterstonevillage.co.za

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are investigating a case of murder and armed robbery following a shootout at Waterstone Village Shopping Mall in Somerset West earlier on Sunday.

A guard from G4S security firm was killed during the robbery at the mall's Pick n Pay.

He was collecting money at the time.

This is the fifth shopping centre to fall victim to a spate of robberies in just three days.

Police say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says, "Two suspects, one dressed as a female, walked up to the security guard as he was leaving the shop he had collected money from. One produced a firearm and fatally wounded the guard. He then grabbed the boxes and fled the scene."

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

A shopper has described to Eyewitness News the horrific scene that unfolded.

"I heard a big bang and I thought it was a firecracker but after a few seconds of silence everyone shouted and scattered and said we must all take cover and close the doors."

Shopping centres including Canal Walk, Tyger Valley and Somerset Mall were all targeted.

Canal Walk and Tyger Valley were hit three times each recently.

Armed robbers also targeted the Parow, Somerset, Blue Route and Zevenwacht shopping malls.

GAUTENG

Police in the province said they will continue to increase visibility and security at malls.

Police arrested six men who allegedly robbed a Vodacom shop at Centurion Mall on Friday and just a few hours later, arrested one suspect who was allegedly part of a gang targeting a Telkom store at the Irene Village Mall also in Centurion.

Since the beginning of the year malls in Soweto, Cresta, Northgate and Centurion were also targeted.