Durban – A 23 year old man was killed and his friend stabbed in the face during a robbery in Phoenix, Durban.
Yesterday at approximately 16:45 a member of Reaction Unit South Africa was on patrol in the area when they noticed an individual standing on the roadside bleeding from an injury to his face.
The man explained that he and a friend were walking along the railway line from KwaMashu to Amouti after work when they were accosted by two suspects who were armed with knives.
When the victims were asked to hand over their valuables they resisted and attempted to put up a fight. The suspects overpowered the two and robbed one of them for his Samsung S5 cellphone, Adidas sandals and wallet containing R350 in cash.
The victim was then stabbed in his face as he fled. He informed RUSA Members that his friend had fled in the opposite direction following the robbery. A search was conducted for the second victim and the suspects without success.
This morning at approximately 09:05 the victim returned to the area with Police after his friend failed to return home last night. While searching along the railway line a blood trail was discovered.
Officers followed the trail which led into a bush where the second victim’s body was discovered.
The suspects involved in the murder are believed to be linked to several robberies. According to RUSA they have attended to several callouts in the area where victims of robberies were stabbed even after handing over their valuables.
Police are investigating further.