Thaba Nchu: Two security guards murdered; owner critically wounded after tavern robbery

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Two security guards were murdered after three unknown males robbed a tavern in Thaba Nchu in the Free State last night.

It is alleged that the three suspects waited inside the tavern, located in the Ramakgari section, until the tavern closed its doors before they took out their firearms and demanded money.

Police spokesperson, Peter Kareli, says the two security guards working at the tavern were shot after they tried to run away.

“The two security guards at the tavern tried to run away, but the suspects fired, fatally wounding one in the head and the other in the back. The two security guards died on the scene. The suspects entered the house, demanding cash from the owner.

Kareli further says the 50-year-old female owner and her 60-year-old husband were critically wounded during the robbery.

“The female tavern owner was wounded in the abdomen and a shot also went through her left hand. She was rushed to a Bloemfontein private hospital in a very serious condition. The husband was shot in the right foot.”

Nobody has been arrested yet and we are appealing to anybody with information to contact Thaba Nchu police,” says Kareli.

Cases of murder, attempted murder and robbery have been opened.

-Mark Steenbok