Resident of Bundu Estate murdered

WHITE RIVER – A resident of Bundu Estate, Mr Clive Bowers, was murdered in his home last night.

According to provincial police spokesman Col Leonard Hlathi, an unknown number of suspects gained entry to his home at about 23:30 by breaking a sitting-room window.

“They surprised Bowers and sprayed him with pepper spray after which he was shot. He died later. It is not clear if his own firearm was used in the attack, ” Hlathi said.

Although Lowvelder has been informed that it was in fact Bowers who sprayed the intruders with pepper spray, Hlathi stood by the fact that, according to his information, the deceased was sprayed. The suspects fled with various stolen items, most of which were later recovered. This included a firearm.

Bowers’ wife, Ms Renate Wagner, was also in the house, but didn’t sustain any injuries.

She posted the following on her Facebook profile on September 18: “beware: there is a gang of thugs out to steal flat screen TVs. They are after some kind of powder, which is coating a ‘card’ inside the TV, which they believe is a drug – total myth! We have had four TVs stolen on the Bundu Estate, ours included”.

Lowvelder went to the scene early this morning and found the Wagner couple’s domestic worker at the house. She said that she had been working for them for 24 years and that this had been the third time the couple had been targeted by criminals in their home.

“It was a terrible thing that happened. I cried when I spoke to the neighbours this morning,” she said.  A security guard at the gate leading to the estate, said that “Bundu (estate) is a bad place” and that a lot of “tsotsi’s came there last year.

Hlathi is in the process of gathering more information to compile a media statement. He requested anyone with information to contact White River’s head of detectives, Lt Thokozane Zungu on 082-449-0334.

Nicolene Smalman and Johanri Coetzee

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