Taximen’s guards held for shooting Stanger imam

2015-01-21 00:00

TWO security guards employed by a company tasked with guarding a taxi association ­embroiled in a violent turf war were arrested for shooting a Stanger imam.

The guards, who work for Blackwatch ­Security, are accused of firing over 20 shots at Haniff Pandor’s car on January 11, hitting him and his brother-in-law Farouk Randera near the Dawnside Shell service station in King Shaka Road, Stanger.

“The suspects aged 36 and 38 years old were arrested on Monday by Durban Organised Crime for attempted murder. They will appear in the Kwadukuza court today. The motive for the attack is unknown,” said SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

Sister publication the Stanger Weekly ­reported that Pandor was an imam at the Stanger Jamia Musjid and that he was travelling in Randera’s Toyota Yaris, which had tinted ­windows, when the shooting began.

It was reported that the shooter was in the back of a bakkie with three other men.

According to local police, a taxi boss had been killed at the same garage a week earlier.

It is believed that the GP registration of the car led the suspects to believe it was carrying hitmen from a rival taxi association.

Randera suffered two bullet wounds to the leg while a bullet went through Pandor’s abdomen and lodged near his stomach.

Blackwatch confirmed the arrest but said the shooting occurred while the guards “were ­off duty”.

Blackwatch guards the Maphumulo Taxi Association, which is in a tit-for-tat tussle with the KwaDukuza Taxi Association over taxi routes. On Wednesday last week, a convoy ­carrying Maphumulo taxi owners was ambushed by an estimated 17 men wielding AK47s, R4s and pistols in suburban Stanger Manor. A Maphumulo taxi boss, a Blackwatch security guard and an alleged hitman were all killed.

Zwane confirmed on Monday morning a case of attempted murder was being investigated by KwaDukuza SAPS.

“The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage. No arrests have been made,” the ­policeman said.

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