Zimbabwean man shot and killed in South Africa

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A Plumtree man was on Friday shot dead by unknown armed robbers in South Africa.

The man, whose name is still hidden as some of his closest relatives have not yet been notified, was said to be a businessman in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was said to be giving payouts to his employees whom he contracted to do some work for him.

During the issuing out of the wages, unknown armed robbers reportedly pounced on him and shot him dead before fleeing with all the cash.

The now deceased's brother confirmed the incident but refused to shed more light saying he is still in utter shock.

Several Zimbabweans have been shot dead in South Africa over the past few years, and some incidents go unnoticed as several Zimbabweans have gone missing in the neighbouring country.

In May last year, South African police guarded foreign-owned shops in an impoverished Johannesburg township after two Zimbabweans were gunned down during a weekend by a Somali shop-owner. The Somali national alleged tried to rob him was arrested and charged with murder.

A Zimbabwean border jumper returning home from South Africa was on Christmas Eve fatally shot by a South African soldier patrolling the border near the Limpopo River after he had allegedly stabbed the soldier. It is alleged the soldier, together with his colleagues, had demanded a R20 bribe to allow the now deceased to cross into Zimbabwe.

Another 25 year-old Zimbabwean man was shot and robbed of R400,000 ($40,000) after withdrawing the cash from a bank at Fourways mall, north of Johannesburg, in November last year.


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