“Inside, they held security staff hostage and proceeded to the tills,” police spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said. “They emptied the tills and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.”
Unfortunately, a longtime casino employee was hiding behind the cash desk. When the robbers fired into the counter, one of the bullets went right through the bottom, killing Gloria Moropane as she was hiding. The casino’s marketing manager, Joan Jacobs, said the woman was a dedicated employee with three children at home. Jacobs extended condolences to the family.
The robbery was eerily similar to one committed at the same casino back in 2005. In that robbery, there was the same number of men who were also armed with AK47s. The robbers then sprayed the casino with bullets but no one was killed back then.