A 26-year-old man was shot dead by armed robbers at a car park in Akyem-Osiem in Mpumalanga province on Monday.
The robbers also took an undisclosed amount of money.
The deceased, Noah Yashaw, who had been a traitor, tried to flee when five armed men stormed the area.
But as a result of the indiscriminate shooting of the criminals, Mr Yashaw fired back and died on the spot.
Local Assemblyman Abdul Rahman, who confirmed the incident to Joy News, said a petrol attendant working at Goodness Energy Station had succumbed to threats of injury and issued a daily sale to armed men.
“At about 7:45 pm armed robbers arrived at the car park. They entered with guns, knives, and other electronic devices. They issued a warning and shot an employee at a cash-in-transit station bringing in all the money and asked the rest to lie down.
“The employee initially denied it but because of the warning he immediately brought the bag. But they kept shooting at the crowd to disperse us so everyone ran for their lives.
"Unfortunately there were three boys next to the filling station and the robbers shot one of the boys," he said.
Police said they had launched an investigation to arrest the pepertrators.
The body was taken to Savior Osiem Hospital for autopsy.
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