The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Mpumalanga said a security guard was shot in the face by five armed robbers who overpowered him after collecting money at Garelan in Bushbuckridge on Friday afternoon.

A SAPS statement said the security guard entered the kiosk alone while the driver waited for him outside shortly before 2pm and while he was collecting the money, five suspects entered the premises.

“One followed him into the stall, pretending to be a customer. As he was about to leave the kiosk with the cash box, the suspect inside shot him in the right side of the face near the eye.”

The suspect fled the scene and reportedly made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. His four accomplices followed him and later disappeared.

According to SAPS, the victim is now in hospital and receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, police have appealed to members of the public to help them with their investigation to bring justice for this horrific crime.

“Police have since launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone who can help to contact investigating officer Captain Evans Mashego on 082 319 9732 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”

ÔÇťAlternatively, members of the public can submit information via the MySAPS app. All information received will be treated as confidential and callers may remain anonymous.’

SAPS Provincial Commissioner in Mpumalanga, Lt Gen Semakaleng Daphne Manamela has condemned the attack on the security personnel and wants the suspects brought to justice.

The Private Security Guards Association of South Africa (Taptosa) revealed that almost 600 security guards die each year.

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Businesses in the industry also complained that, although the private security industry was the largest after mining, it was not given much attention, growing like a mushroom of exploitative and unscrupulous companies.

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