Kimberley SA Jan 4 2017 - A security guard at Diamond Pavilion Mall in Kimberley was shot after an alleged squabble with a cash-in-transit (CIT) guard from Fidelity over where to park the latter's vehicle.
The argument between the pair ensued after the CIT guard allegedly refused to take instruction from mall security regarding where to park.
Benita Valkenbergh, the mall's general manager, says the Fidelity vehicle was allegedly illegally parked. The CIT guard, who was at the mall to restock ATMs, allegedly opened fire when the mall guard took down the CIT vehicle’s registration number. "The guard asked them to move because they were parked illegally and were blocking our parking. Our security guard took the vehicle's registration number and it seems like the CIT guy just snapped and shot him. The police are investigating and that’s all we can say at the moment. The guard has been discharged at hospital and seems to be doing okay."
Northern Cape police spokesperson, Dimakatso Mooi, says the victim was admitted to the Kimberley Hospital but has since been discharged. "The two security guards from different companies quarrelled over parking, as to who should park where. A shot was fired accidentally, as it was operationally ready and it hit the guard in the leg. The victim was taken to hospital, no arrests have been made and investigations continue.
Meanwhile, the guards have opened cases against each another. According to Mooi, the mall security guard opened a case of attempted murder against the Fidelity guard, who in turn has opened a counter case, alleging that the mall guard was trying to rob him of his firearm.
Fidelity could not be reached for comment.