Inquest : School principal dies whilst assisting students who were robbed

South African Police Service

Inquest : School principal dies whilst assisting students who were robbed
Inquest : School principal dies whilst assisting students who were robbed

The South African Police Service in Uitenhage are investigating an inquest following the sudden death of a 59 year old male, Samuel Marais at about 15:37 on Thursday 29 August 2019.

It is alleged that two learners were walking down in Daniel Pienaar Street, Uitenhage when they were approached by two unknown males at about 14:35. One of the males suddenly threatened the learners with a knife and demanded their cellphones. The suspects took the two cellphones and ran away. The two learners immediately ran back to the hostel and reported the robbery to their principle.

Mr Marais, the learners and another teacher got into a vehicle and started to search for the suspects. One of the suspects, a 17 year old boy, was recognized by one of the learners, as he (the suspect) was walking in Channer Street, Uitenhage. Upon seeing the vehicle, the suspect ran into Buxton Avenue, Uitenhage and was apprehended with the assistance of another community member.

Samuel Marais was standing next to the suspect when he suddenly fell to the ground. Community members contacted the ambulance services and Marais was declared dead on the scene. The cause of his death is not known at this stage and an Inquest was opened by SAPS Uitenhage, which is under investigation.

A case of robbery was also opened the same evening and the juvenile suspect was sent to a detaining facility in Port Elizabeth, where the case will be processed. One of the stolen cellphones was recovered and investigations are continuing in terms of the outstanding robbery suspect.

Anyone who might be able to assist with any information about the robbery case can contact Detective Warrant Officer Deon Roos on 079 896 8148.

Anyone who has any information on crime are requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service