One of the managers of Sakhumzi restaurant in Vilikazi Street‚ Soweto‚ was shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The police's spokesman‚ Kay Makhubela‚ said two men tried to force their way into the restaurant at about 12.30am on Sunday.
“The manager refused them entry and he was shot and died on the scene. The suspects fled.”
No arrests have yet been made.
Police are investigating and a manhunt is under way.
The restaurant was in the news earlier this month when it emerged as a big winner following lavish ANC birthday celebrations in Soweto.
The swanky eatery‚ a hit with tourists‚ raked in thousands of rands in alcohol bills and tips to waiters. Receipts of the drinking spree were posted on social media with many questioning the authenticity of the pieces of paper due to the extreme figures on them.
One of the receipts‚ which boasts expensive bottles of alcohol and soft drinks‚ has a total figure of R76‚191 which includes a R6‚926 tip for the waiter‚ the Sowetan newspaper reported. The order included bottles of 21-year-old Glenlivet scotch whiskey totalling R15‚300‚ bottles of Hennesy v.s.o.p totalling R13‚900‚ bottles of Moet & Chandon nectar which totalled R18‚850 and soft drinks and food were also on the menu.
A waiter who served the patrons on the list‚ Bheki Ndimande‚ told Sowetan this was the biggest night in his two years with the restaurant. “I didn’t recognise anyone I was serving but they were very nice people and made my work very easy‚” he said.
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Gunmen kill manager at top Soweto restaurant Sakhumzi in Vilikazi Street