Dr Simon Nqcobo

Dr Simon Nqcobo was discovered dead a few meters away from his car


Free State: Police have launched a 72-hour activation plan after a well-known medical doctor, Simon Nqcobo, was attacked and robbed before he was killed.

According to reports, the doctor’s 27-year-old wife had just arrived at their home in Doorn, Welkom, after going shopping with her two daughters, aged two and five. The woman then heard her five-year-old daughter screaming for help and saw a man pointing a firearm at her daughter.

“A second male was also seen armed with a handgun. They were forced into the house, and as the husband (Doctor) opened the door, the two suspects forced themselves inside, “said Captain Stephen Thakeng.

“The doctor tried to fight back, but he was overpowered. The suspects demanded cash. An undisclosed amount of cash was robbed from the safe and cellphones. “The doctor was forced to drive off with the suspects in his white Renault Duster sedan with Free State registration numbers,” added Thakeng.

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Dr Simon Nqcobo gunned down

Dr Simon Nqcobo was robbed and killed

Well-known free State doctor, Simon Nqcobo was gunned down

An intensive search was conducted and, with the assistance of a tracker, the vehicle was discovered abandoned at the corner of Craib and Blenheim Streets, Riebeeckstad, Welkom. Approximately six meters from where the vehicle was found, Nqcobo’s body was discovered with gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

His hands were also tied to his hands and he was released, certified dead on the scene. His next of kin was notified after he was identified and a case of murder and house robbing were opened for further investigation.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) has since warned people against sharing graphic images of the incident as it may hamper investigations. Anyone with information about suspects can contact Detective Sergeant Andrew Lechesa of Serious and Violent Crimes on 060 985 9330 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

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