The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has launched a manhunt after a school security guard was shot dead during an armed robbery at the Â Mthayiza Primary School in Kabokweni on Friday, 19 June 2020.
The body of 57-year-old Amos Mgwenya was discovered inside his vehicle by three women, who then called for assistance.
â€œThe incident was uncovered when three women arrived at the school and called out for Mgwenya to open the gate for them, to which he did not respond. They then became suspicious as this was a daily routine for him, prompting them to jump over the gate with the intention to investigate. This led them to discover Mgwenya in his car, bleeding from what looked like gunshot woundsâ€, said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
â€œPolice and medical personnel were summoned to the scene where Mgwenya was unfortunately certified deadâ€
Several items stolen
Upon further inspection of the school, police realised a number of items were stolen from the computer lab.
â€œPolice further discovered that the suspects broke into the computer room and made off with items such as laptops, projectors, routers, a PC computer box, earphones as well as an internet booster. The investigation has further highlighted that this incident was an orchestrated robbery and it is clear that the suspects were armed and were targeting certain items at the schoolâ€, Hlathi said.
Police have since opened a case of murder and robbery and have vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Provincial Commissioner wants action against suspects
The provinceâ€™s commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has called for the apprehensions of the suspects in the matter and has also called on members of the public to assist with the investigation.
â€œWe really condemn the senseless killing of the victim who was hired to safeguard the school and its property which has been purchased to aide learners in furthering their education. These criminals must be arrested and face the full might of the law. We have already set up a team to ensure that they are located and put behind bars as soon as possible. We will use all resources at our disposal to trace them and also appeal to community members to provide with information that will assist in this caseâ€, Zuma said.
Any person who might have information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects, is requested to contact Captain Shaka Nkosi 0712001669 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111. A tip-off can also be submitted through the My SAPS APP which can be downloaded onto any smartphone. Information can be given anonymously.