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Witness describes ‘horrific’ Waterstone Village Centre robbery

The G4S guard was collecting money when a shootout ensued between robbers and security personnel.

Waterstone Village Mall in Somerset West was targeted by robbers. Picture: www.waterstonevillage.co.za

CAPE TOWN - A shopper has described to Eyewitness News the horrific scene that unfolded at the Waterstone Village Shopping Centre in Somerset West where a security guard was shot and killed during a robbery this morning.

The G4S guard was collecting money when a shootout ensued between robbers and security personnel.

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

This shopper says people were screaming and trying to take cover.

"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."

A G4S security guard was killed and police say the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

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.