Sakhumzi Maqubela‚ owner of Sakhumzi Restaurant in popular Vilikazi street‚ Soweto‚ has thanked the public for an outpouring of support for him and his staff after one of his managers was shot dead in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The manager was shot seven times about 1 am‚ after he refused to allow three men to enter the restaurant‚ which was already closed.
The men fled from the scene.
“Thank you for your messages of support friends. This is a dark day for us and we are deeply saddened by what happened at the restaurant. Thank you for supporting us and being in our corner. We appreciate you‚” he said in a statement.
The post on the restaurant’s Facebook wall also stated: “We are appalled at this [murder] and wish to let our customers know that their safety is our priority. Our condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. Thank you so much to the community for your support.”
Police spokesman Kay Makhubela said police have not made any arrests. The manager’s name has not yet been released. The restaurant said it could not name him until his family had given the go-ahead.
Offering support in the wake of the shooting‚ Max Monyemore told Maqubela: “That wont stop us to come to that side.. Sakhumzi..is the best restaurant in Soweto...sorry for your loss and the family too“‚ while Pota Motlokoa shared‚ “Condolences to all at the restaurant and to the family of your staff member. We shall continue supporting the establishment and we will not be intimidated by such cowardly acts“.
Amongst the messages of support was a report that the same attackers might have struck again.
Sibongile Tshabalala shared‚ “Condolences to the family and friends‚ the very same animals who who attacked you that same night‚ they attacked busy corner car wash at Mofolo‚ they made everybody lie down and took all their cellphones and money at gun point“.
Sakhumzi Restaurant responded‚ “Eish‚ that is so sad to hear. We live in terrible times....”