Police in South Africa have launched an intense manhunt for the culprits who have murdered a prominent attorney while at his home in Mpumalanga on Monday.
Police confirmed that the 38-year-old Â Gerrit Stander succumbed to injuries en route to a nearby hospital, and said that they are urgently pursuing those responsible.
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said that Standers father in law had been alerted to a break-in on the property, on which he also resides.
âThe police opened a case of murder and house robbery,â he said, adding that members of the public are encouraged to provide any information they may be privy to that will assist police in the search for Standerâs killers.
âAll information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,âÂ he said.
Standerâs father in law, Martiens, toldÂ The Lowvelder that the attorney had been shot three times after engaging in a âscuffleâ with the the intruders.
âThe dog, which was in the house at the time, started barking which woke Gerrit up,â he said. Upon arrival in the dining area, a scuffle ensued and he was shot three times.â
âHis wife, Yolandi, had sent out a cry for help on the areaâs WhatsApp group, to which I responded,â Martiens said.
The family were notified that Stander had lost substantial amount f blood and died before arriving at the hospital.Â âWe are grateful that we had time to say goodbye,â said Martiens.
The suspects are understood to have fled on foot, with two cell phones, a laptop and television.
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