“I don’t want to mention the name of the establishment but it is in Claremont. It’s a restaurant-type bar. You can have food there. I have been there a couple of times. We arrived at the place around 7pm and these young men entered. Three of them and [they] literally climbed on top of the counter and told everybody: ‘Get underneath the tables.' It was like that one movie scene you have seen a hundred times.”
Maimane said the gunmen had posed as patrons. Then, table by table, they grabbed what they wanted from traumatised patrons.
“The waitress opened for them and asked if they wanted a table for three,” he said.
“They just pulled out their guns. They didn’t even cover their faces. They were so confident. We took out our belongings and placed them in front of them. They took watches and all the valuables they wanted.
“They were distracted by an armed response company that arrived and left and ran away. Police also came about five minutes later.”