A Somali underworld figure and cigarette supplier has been gunned down outside an Epping wholesaler and robbed of R500 000 in cash.
The 36-year-old businessman from Bellville was getting out of his car in Cochrane Avenue in Epping Industria on Saturday at 12.20pm when he came under attack.
According to crime intelligence sources, Abdi Aziz and a Somali companion had turned into Cochrane Avenue from Gunners Circle, when two men, also Somalis, pulled up in a car behind them and opened fire on them.
The robbers made off with the bag containing the R500 000, which was apparently meant to be used to buy cigarettes at a wholesaler in the area.
Aziz died on the scene while his friend was wounded and taken to the hospital.
Police and emergency services arrived at the scene soon afterwards.
According to crime intelligence, Aziz is a well-known cigarette supplier to Somali shops in Bellville and a prominent member of the Dauud clan,