Shoppers on Thursday during Springs Mall opening were greeted by gruesome sounds as gun shots rang out, leaving four individuals injured.
Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, a number of shots were fired at the mall’s second (2nd) entrance. It was alleged that the individuals who fired the shots were attempting to rob the Fidelity cash-in-transit vehicle headed to Nedbank.
A reliable source from Netcare 911 confirmed that there had apparently been a cash-in-transit robbery, which left four people injured and one of the victims being airlifted to the nearest hospitals due to their critical condition.
Despite the whole event, shoppers were not discouraged as they enthusiastically continued with their browsing and shopping.
Two shoppers Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott were spotted dancing at Jet Store, saying they will not allow the matter to overwhelm them, or discourage them from enjoying their shopping.
“What happened out there was tragic, but that will not halt us from continuing with our shopping because we are always a happy bunch no matter the situation,” said Willis.
Lindiwe Nkosi a shopper said that she is happy with the new mall because its closer to her house, however she made it clear that she was not pleased with tragic event that took place at the mall, because this was supposed to be all fun and enjoyable; she went on to say that the great thing about the new mall is that it will open job opportunities.
Mahlatse Ndlovu from Bakerton,Springs said she is very happy with the new mall because it is big, has all the necessary shops and closer to her house.
Then Prince Ndlovu , Mahlatse’s husband, said he was also happy with the mall because he won’t have to drive far for shopping anymore, as it’s just a five minute drive. On the tragic that transpired outside, Ndlovu said it was alarming for him because he bunked off work so that he could witness the opening.
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