One shot and ATMs bombed during Nasaret tavern holdup

Nasaret experienced another rough night on Tuesday when Divas Tavern in Gradock Street was robbed while two ATMs were bombed simultaneously.

A tavern patron was wounded by a single gunman during the tavern holdup, while two of his accomplices bombed Absa and Standard Bank ATMs nearby. Police confirmed that both ATMs were loaded with cash hours before the daring robbery at around 19:30.

According to the police, three armed suspects arrived at the tavern, instructing the hostess to lay down under a table.

The robbers took R3 000 from the cash register, and two suddenly left, leaving the gunman armed with the rifle behind. The rifleman went in and out of the tavern, checking for disturbances outside.

Tavern patrons then heard a big bang, followed by a number of gunshots.

The bang patrons heard was the ATMs being bombed. It’s believed that random shots were fired to keep residents away from the scene.

The wounded patron was rushed to Life Midmed Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

The three robbers fled the scene in an unidentified white sedan. Police could not confirm the amounts stolen from the ATMs.

• A taxi owner was also shot and killed during a flare-up of violence between the Nasaret and Middelburg District Taxi Associations on Monday.

Scores of public order police members flooded the N11, which was a no-go zone with liquor bottles and large rocks blocking the route.

Gerhard Rheeder

I have been a journalist for two decades, with numerous awards to my credit, both in photography and writing. A brief stint as researcher in the opposition offices of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, honed my skills as specialist local government reporter, covering crime and courts.
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