‘My car is damaged. I’m going to kill you!’

2014-02-14 14:42

While a man was shot dead and another wounded in an apparent road rage attack in Joburg this morning, across town a prominent city gynaecologist was involved in an altercation with a taxi driver.

Well-known fertility specialist Dr Herman Netshidzivhani had his windscreen and other windows smashed by the irate driver while he was on his way to a television interview at the SABC studios in Auckland Park at 7.50am.

Netshidzivhani said he was on Joe Slovo Drive in Houghton, just after the Houghton Drive intersection, when he prevented a taxi driver from cutting in front of him in peak hour traffic.

About 200m further down the road, the taxi driver drove into the back of Netshidzivhani’s Toyota Hilux – and into the tow bar.

“When I didn’t let him cut in front of me, he was a little upset,” he said. “But when he drove into the back of me and hit the tow bar, he immediately grabbed a wheel spanner and started smashing my car.”

Netshidzivhani said the taxi driver smashed his windscreen, passenger windows and rear window as well as his side mirror. He also damaged the bodywork.

“He kept on shouting ‘My car is damaged! I’m going to kill you!’

“He kept swinging at my head with the wheel spanner. If he had hit me I would be in the ICU now.”

A shaken Netshidzivhani reported the incident to the Hillbrow Police Station.

“When I got to the SABC for the 24-hour news channel’s health programme, they had to get all the glass out of my hair,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Randburg this morning, a motorcyclist was killed on Malibongwe Drive and Boundary Road just after 7am, Sapa quoted Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane as saying.

The motorcyclist apparently confronted the driver of a sedan who shot at him.

“He died on the scene.”

The wounded 44-year-old driver of the car was treated on the scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital under police guard, said Mamonyane.

She could not immediately confirm reports that the man was shot by the motorcyclist.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the man was in a serious condition.

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