Chaos erupted at the Somerset Mall in Somerset West on Sunday when six armed robbers struck hammers at a jewelry store there.
A Strand resident, Ben van Rensburg, 80, said the robbery was at 10:17. He was sitting at a table drinking tea in the mall when the six robbers struck.
“I called my son and just put the phone down when a shot sounded and a security guard fell,” he says.
He said four of the robbers with hammers tried to smash the jewelry store’s windows. “The robbers had hammers.”
He says chaos erupted. “I first wanted to take pictures with my cellphone camera but people shouted ‘fall flat, fall flat’. Then I thought no, leave it first and then just seek shelter. ”
He said people were hiding behind a wood fence. “It was chaos and pandemonium with people screaming and screaming,” he says.
However, he said the jewelry store’s safety shutters dropped and the robbers couldn’t steal anything.
He said the robbers had colorful bags with them. They ran into a sunglasses store and stuffed the bags full of sunglasses. “It wasn’t even a minute,” he says. The men then fled.
Van Rensburg took photos of the jewelry store’s windows and surrounding area at 10:20 p.m.
He said the security guard was apparently shot but managed to rise afterward without any injuries.
COL. Andrè Traut, a police spokesman, says no one has been arrested yet.
He said the circumstances surrounding a robbery at a business and an attempted robbery at a business at a mall in Somerset West were investigated at about 10:15.
Armed robbers tried to get into a jewelry store but could not. They then went to a sunglasses dealer and drawn their firearms at staff and then fled with sunglasses. One employee was injured when he fell.