Slain trader's family hails arrest of suspect

Enos Tshamano died when he was shot during a robbery in his shop.
Enos Tshamano died when he was shot during a robbery in his shop.

The family of slain Soweto businessman Enos Tshamano has welcomed the arrest of a suspect linked to a robbery at one of his stores, two weeks before he was killed.

William Mabuza, 52, appeared briefly in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday on a charge of robbery that occurred in Tshiawelo last month.

The case was, however, postponed to August 2 for further investigation and for an identity parade to be conducted.

The state alleges that Mabuza's vehicle was used as a getaway car after a group of men stormed Tshamano's store - Enos Wholesale and Retail.

The gang allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Tshamano was killed two weeks later in another robbery, this time at his Jabulani store, also in Soweto, in which the robbers made off with R500.

The deceased's nephew Jeffery Tshamano told Sowetan that he was happy with the arrest and that they were hoping that police could pin down the suspects involved in the second robbery that led to his uncle's death.

"The police need to track down the thugs that killed my uncle. They took away someone who played an important role in the family," Jeffrey said.

He said he could not believe how brazen the robberies were carried out.

"During the first robbery, my cousin was the only one who was in the store and they pointed a gun at her and took money before they fled.

"In the second robbery, they shot my uncle.

"He wasn't even fighting with them but they shot him for R500," he said.

"We demand justice because we believe that these guys are working as a syndicate because they carried out two robberies at different stores in two weeks.

"Clearly, these guys have been scouting what happens around his stores and knew when to pounce."

Tshamano was well known in Soweto after he started selling atchaar on the side of Koma Road in the township in 2012.

He was able to expand his business and opened stores in Tshiawelo, Jabulani and Alexandra among other areas, before he was killed.

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