Mascom FM manager and a pensioner were allegedly gunned down

Ga Masemola

Unhappy residents in Ga Masemola were up in arms over the allegation of two who were allegedly killed.

Masemola residents’ suspects the security guards might allegedly gunned down their unarmed members. Accused Security Company is hired by Global Oil Company to guard its resources at the Big Boy filling station garage.  

Incident happened outside Big Boy filling station in the early hours of Friday, 03 July 2020, morning at about 02:00 at Maroge Section.

Gunned down men, the late Richard Nchabeleng and Jonathan Rakgwatha were allegedly found in a possession of firearms believed to be owned by accused security company.

Residents said the guards wanted to make as if their members were wanted to rob the garage.

Deceased Nchabeleng from Thabampje area was a station manager at Mascom FM while Rakgwatha was a pensioner from Apel cross. 

On Saturday furious residents held an urgent meeting which discussed a way forward to deal with the matter and they decided to shut down the garage.

Residents were demanding Global Oil Company to provide them with security report threatening to not to allow the garage to operate.

One of the community leaders, Clive Mosoane said killed men were waiting for the garage to reopen so they could withdraw their SASSA grant. Upfront leader said during SASSA payout, many residents went as early as possible to avoid long queues.   

“They went to book lines to avoid standing on a queue. Were four of them, luckily one of them went to book another queue at Post Office (which is 1km from the garage). One of them survived the bullets,” explained Mosoane. 

According to Mosoane an act of negligence and irresponsible by accused security guard took place.

“Adamantly our people were not criminals, then why a well-trained security guard decided to fire bullets which robbed lives of our people. Is business more crucial than lives of innocent souls and unarmed people? Mosoane asked.

“No warning shots were made we deem so. Must we expect many shooting during SASSA payouts because our people like to book line during the night? Whoever did this has acted recklessly,” he added.

On Sunday, garage representatives came to meet with community representatives with law enforcement protection, both SAPS and SANDF.

“Unfortunately global oil representatives didn’t provide the security report saying they came without it. However they offered R15 000 each victims family for burial purpose, but we felt it was not enough,” explained Mosoane

“Both victims were breadwinners and we must hold whoever is responsible to account. Monthly income for the families from now is needed,” state residents wishes.

Residents never hold it back after an urgent meeting with Garage representatives they also took to the nearest Masemola police station to seek justice over the matter. Unhappy community members went there chanting and stop at the gate whilst leaders were inside the station.

Mosoane said they wanted to know if the police treat the murder case with seriousness it deserves. He added: “The police said the investigating officer who’s responsible for the case was not available.,”

 He said they felt unwanted, however they wanted to figure out if the police have arrested anyone or anything and how far with their investigations.

Residents demanded whoever is responsible for allegedly killing their members must be trailed and jailed.

Thapelo Motseo

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