Suncoast Casino in Durban was the scene of a rare daylight robbery crime on Wednesday, after a man was shot and had R150,000 stolen from him.
According to reporters, the unnamed victim entered Standard Bank in Kingsmead and withdrew the cash, before making his way to the Suncoast Casino. The group of robbers followed the victim to the casino’s parking lot and accosted him, demanding that he hand over the money. The group tried to stab the man but when he refused to part with the R150,000, one of the robbers drew a gun and shot him in the arm and the leg. Some of the money was taken from the victim, while an undisclosed amount was left in his car.
Police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane reported on the incident: “It is alleged that the victim came from the bank and went to Suncoast Casino Hotel parking where he was accosted by three suspects,” he said. “They allegedly shot him and he was injured and taken to hospital for treatment. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene.”
The police said that no arrests have been made yet.
A spokesman for Crisis Medical confirmed that the man had sustained two gunshot wounds. At present, he is in stable condition at St. Augustine’s Hospital where he is receiving medical treatment.
Nicole East, speaking for Suncoast Casino also confirmed the incident and stressed that the police and emergency services were called to the scene immediately.
Violence of this kind is a rare event at Suncoast Casino, with security tight and everything done to ensure that players enjoy their stay. Around 750,000 people visit Suncoast Casino per month on average.
Suncoast Casino is a popular destination for Durbanites and others from the surrounding areas. The casino is set along the city’s Golden Mile beachfront area and incorporates 26 hectares of entertainment, including gaming and retail.
The casino offers players nearly 1,500 slot machines and over 60 gaming tables, as well its exclusive 77 Ocean Drive Salon Prive for highrollers. The complex also boasts multiple restaurants and fast food outlets, cinemas, dance bars, the Boardwalk and kiddie entertainment. A whopping R1.4 billion was spent as a single investment on the Suncoast complex, which is considered one of the three parts of Durban’s Golden Triangle, along with the International Convention Center and the uShaka Marine World.