AFHCO UPDATES ON TRAGIC 81 RISSIK STREET INCIDENT
9 November 2016
In its statement on the tragic incident of 5 November, Afhco committed to provide additional information as it becomes available. In its initial statement, Afhco communicated that SNG Security was contracted only to place two uniformed and unarmed security guards at the end of year party in accordance with its policy of prohibiting all security guards from carrying weapons on its properties. It furthermore stated that the alleged shooter had entered the building at the same time as SNG security guards entered the property.
Subsequently, Afhco has extensively interviewed representatives of security personnel from two companies who were present on the night. Conflicting reports have been received from these two security companies in respect of the alleged shooter. SNG Security continue to maintain that the alleged killer was not employed by them, whilst others have disputed this – claiming that the perpetrator was in fact affiliated with and introduced as a member of SNG Security. Afhco continues to work closely with the South African Police Services to assist the police with its investigation which it is hoped will clarify what happened on the night of the tragedy.
Afhco is committed to supporting the family of the deceased and residents of the building during these difficult times and is assisting with arrangements for the memorial service in Johannesburg and the funeral service in Mozambique. The safety of residents is of paramount importance to Afhco, which is being particularly vigilant in controlling access to the building.
AFHCO STATEMENT ON TRAGIC 81 RISSIK STREET INCIDENT
7 November 2016
Afhco regrets to confirm a tragic incident involving a fatal shooting that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, 5 November 2016, at one of its properties. Located at 81 Rissik Street, in the inner city of Johannesburg, the building accommodates students and other residents and was acquired by Afhco recently. The student accommodation is provided under “The Yards” brand which operates three other buildings not owned by Afhco.
At this stage it is unclear exactly what transpired, but initial reports suggest that an altercation took place between a group of students and an individual after an end of year party held at the building.
The individual, unknown to Afhco, appears to have entered the property at the same time as security guards employed by SNG Security. The latter private security company was contracted to place two uniformed and unarmed security guards at the party. Afhco prohibits all security guards from carrying any weapons on its properties. It is unclear why the individual was armed.
The company is working closely with the South African Police Services who are investigating the incident, and further information will be made available once known.
Afhco, its directors and staff, extend their heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Counselling has been arranged for the family and other residents of the building, and Afhco will continue to provide whatever support necessary.