‘I stood there shocked and scared’ – Automotive guard relives Poppy’s restaurant capturing

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Poppy’s restaurant the place two folks killed and 6 others injured on New Yr’s Eve.


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  • A automotive guard who witnessed the New Yr’s Eve capturing at Poppy’s is reliving the reminiscence of the incident.
  • The police have arrested 5 overseas nationals linked to the capturing and different critical crimes, together with countrywide kidnappings.
  • The suspects are anticipated to look in two totally different courts on Monday. 


A automotive guard, who witnessed the lethal capturing at Poppy’s restaurant in Melville an hour into the New Yr, is reliving the reminiscence of the incident.

This because the police swooped on an alleged kidnapping syndicate this week they believed could possibly be linked to the capturing.

Two girls have been killed and 6 folks injured when the occupants of a black BMW SUV opened hearth on patrons.

The automotive guard, who didn’t wish to be recognized, mentioned the incident nonetheless lingered in his thoughts months later.

He recalled being exterior the restaurant doing his job when the capturing occurred.

“I used to be on the road exterior Poppy’s whereas patrons have been having fun with themselves inside. A couple of minutes earlier than the New Yr, a black BMW SUV with three occupants drove slowly by.

“Two passengers – one on the left entrance and the one on the again – then opened the home windows and began capturing at patrons.

“I stood there shocked and scared after I noticed folks falling to the bottom and the automotive slowly driving off. I ran inside and was instructed that certainly one of my colleagues was shot and killed. It later transpired that my colleague was solely injured and was later discharged from hospital.”

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The person mentioned he was excited a nationwide intelligence-led group had arrested suspects probably linked to the capturing.

The automotive guard applauded the police for his or her exhausting work and known as for the regulation to take its course.


In the meantime, the proprietor of Poppy’s, Juby Raja, mentioned she was relieved in regards to the arrests.

On Thursday, the police arrested 5 overseas nationals in Kliprivier within the Vaal they claimed have been a part of an alleged worldwide kidnapping and extremism syndicate.

The suspects allegedly kidnapped a 72-year-old man on 2 July. He was rescued in Kensington on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo mentioned the kidnapped man was reunited together with his household.

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The suspects have been arrested at a plot in Kliprivier, the place the police dug out weapons that have been hidden underground. 

Nationwide police commissioner Normal Kehla Sitole mentioned that they had not dominated out the chance the suspects is also linked to a world terrorism group.

Sitole promised they would work along with different nations and Interpol to deliver the syndicate to guide. 

Naidoo mentioned: “The sufferer said that he was not bodily harmed, however as a precautionary measure he was taken to hospital for a radical medical examination.

“Within the meantime, three of the suspects might be charged with kidnapping and they’ll seem within the Johannesburg Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Monday.

“The remaining two, a person and a girl might be charged for being in possession of firearms unlawfully and they’ll seem within the Palm Ridge Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom additionally on Monday.”

He added the investigation group was assured extra suspects could be arrested for the kidnapping case.

“We proceed to encourage anybody who has any extra data on this matter or crime typically to contact the police. All data might be handled with the strictest confidence and callers might stay nameless,” mentioned Naidoo.