The family was visiting Johannesburg from Polokwane, Limpopo for the weekend and were staying at a hotel at the casino. Shane had been sitting in the first floor hotel room watching TV when downstairs around 20 armed robbers were surprised by police.
The robbers were armed with AK-47s and a gunfight ensued. Fragments from the bullets flying around downstairs hit Shane’s head, face, neck, arm and hand. Shane’s mother, Maggie Du Plessis said the shooting was terrifying. She described how the shots came through the window and there was blood everywhere.
Shane was then rushed to hospital where doctors spent around 2 hours trying to remove the bullet fragments. For the moment a fragment remains lodged in the right side of her brain which is too small to remove safely.
According to reports police had received a tip off about the planned robbery. They only found out what the location was a few moments before the robbers arrived.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Neville Malila said 15 suspects were arrested and the police seized 2 cars and 8 guns. Some of the suspects fled on foot.
Emperor s Palace spokersperson Julie van Wyk, had not responded at the time of publishing on latest developments.