Friends’ brush with death

2014-11-27 00:00

TWO Northdale friends are recovering from gunshot wounds after a security guard opened fired on them in a busy street on Tuesday night.

Yacoob Peerbhai (23), who was on his way home from buying milk for his family, was shot in the leg and his friend who ran to his rescue was shot in the stomach.

When Peerbhai’s father tried to call the ­police for help, he had to try three times before anything was done.

Peerbhai was allegedly shot by a security guard on the corner of Bombay and Vengada roads in Northdale at about 7 pm.

Peerbhai’s father, Cassim, spoke on behalf of his recovering son. According to him, ­Peerbhai was walking to the shop to buy milk when a security guard bumped into him.

“The guard told him he must watch where he is walking or he would shoot him. Yacoob responded by asking him what did he do for him to [want to] shoot him and an argument started,” Cassim said.

Peerbhai’s friend, Clint Naidoo (33), was standing a few metres up the road when the argument started and ran to see what was going on. He was shot in the stomach.

“Yacoob was shot first in the leg and Clint was shot in the stomach. I was very upset when I heard what happened. Other friends had to carry Yacoob to our tuck shop to get help,” Cassim said.

Naidoo’s father, who did not wish to be named, also spoke on behalf of his son. According to him, the bullet went through Clint’s hand and into his stomach.

“We never slept last night because we were so worried. He was in ICU but he’s in a better condition now,” he said.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a case of attempted murder is being investigated by the Mountain Rise SAPS.

“The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage. No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing,” Naicker said.

Cassim also expressed his disappointment in the 10111 call centre. He said that he had to try three times before anybody was able to help him.

“The first time the person said that they would send a vehicle, but they did not even ask for my name or address.

“The second time, another person said that they just started recently and they didn’t know how to help.

“Only on the third time, the lady on the phone was able to help,” Cassim said.

Peerbhai has been discharged and is recovering back at home, while Naidoo remains in a stable condition in hospital.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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