2007-02-20 : Robbers get cash but shoot employee anyway

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2007-02-20 : Robbers get cash but shoot employee anyway

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-02-27 15:26


Robbers get cash but shoot employee anyway
Solly Maphumulo
February 20 2007 at 12:52PM

A terrified Tom Sundawo gave the robbers the money they wanted and, kneeling on the floor with his back to them, he begged them not to shoot him.

They didn't heed his desperate pleas and callously shot him in the head.

On Monday night he was still fighting for his life in Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital, after the robbery at the Dros restaurant in Auckland Park's Campus Square on Sunday.

His shocked colleagues on Tuesday revealed how CCTV footage of the incident showed Sundawo pleading for his life.

One of the managers, Fritz Kaus, said it was not clear why he was shot, as Sundawo had given the robbers all the money in the safe.

"All we could see in the camera was Tom kneeling on the floor. He was not facing them. There was no struggle or anything.

"Unfortunately there are only visuals. We could not hear what he was saying, but it looked like he was begging them not to shoot him.

"Then the camera shows a robber shooting him in the head. The doctor said the bullet went through his brain," Kaus said.

"He is in a critical condition, but he is better than he was on Monday. He is still on a ventilator."

The drama began on Sunday morning when five men entered the restaurant, put money on the table and ordered drinks from the barman.

Kaus said the barman told them they were not yet open.

"The barman said he would call the manager. The five robbers followed him to the kitchen. They pulled out guns and demanded money from Tom. He gave them the money that was in the safe," Kaus said.

The robbers had earlier hijacked a Chubb security company vehicle, which they parked outside the restaurant before the robbery.

Police quickly arrived on the scene and arrested two men as they made their way from the restaurant to their getaway vehicles. The other men escaped but were arrested later.

Joburg police spokesperson Sergeant Sanku Tsunke said the five men were expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

o This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on February 19, 2007
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