Durban Restaurant Shooting Hits Home

My brother inlaw was shot during last nights robbery at St Tropez, a restaurant here in Durban. He is doing well after an operation this afternoon to remove the bullet from his stomach and will hopefully be home by Wednesday. The last 24 hours have been crazy!

These are snippets from the East Coast Radio Newswatch Blog

There’s shock and outrage over a brazen armed robbery – which claimed one life – at the popular St Tropez restaurant in Essenwood Road on Saturday night…

… seven gunmen had barged into the popular restaurant from separate entrances – the St Thomas Road side and the Essenwood Park side – and held up diners.

The gunmen forced patrons and staff to lie on the ground; many people were threatened or slapped around, and at some point, total chaos broke out and the suspects began firing at random. Witnesses say about 15 shots were fired.

Three diners and a waiter were shot in the drama. One of the diners, Marc Joubert of Westville, was rushed through to Entabeni hospital. Tragically, he died a little while later. Family members and friends were at the hospital at the time.

The three other men who were shot and wounded – two other patrons and a waiter – are all stable.

Meanwhile, members of the Organised Crime Unit have taken over the investigation from local police. Questions are being asked of the original officers on scene who allegedly did not process the scene, forensically, as thoroughly as they should have.

Link to the full post and comments

 My sincere condolences to the Joubert family for your tragic loss.

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