Shopkeeper killed for refusing to sell cigarettes

Shopkeeper killed for refusing to sell cigarettes

A shopkeeper has been killed in Malmesbury in the Western Cape for refusing to sell cigarettes.

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The national lockdown regulations forbids the selling of tobacco products.


Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo says an argument broke out between the two when the customer was told he could not buy cigarettes.


"Two nights ago they heard a knock on the door and they recognised the voice of the person who was knocking.


"When they opened the door the visitor requested cigarettes from them and they said they are not selling.”

Naidoo says this led to an argument.

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"Of course an argument ensued which resulted in the visitor allegedly stabbing both the shopkeepers one of whom died on the scene and the second was taken to hospital.”


The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning.


"He is currently in custody on a charge of murder and attempted murder and is expected to appear at the Malmesbury Magistrate’s Court soon,” Naidoo says. 

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