Truck driver thanks ancestors after surviving shooting

2016-03-24 17:00
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Mqondisi Tyanti ducked under his seat, fingers pressed into his ears, when a gang of robbers began shooting at his truck in Phoenix, north of Durban, on Thursday morning.

The 39-year-old father of five was on his way to Check Star supermarket to deliver water and dog food when a gang of seven armed men, who had just robbed the store, opened fire on his delivery truck.

“I thank my ancestors I am still alive because I literally missed the bullets by inches. I am glad that I will be able to go back home to my children today,” said Tyanti, from Bonela.

Four people were injured in the shooting around 09:00.

Collecting money

Major Thulani Zwane said G4S security guards were collecting money in the supermarket when the suspects entered and started shooting at them.

The gang took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the scene in a VW Polo and a Nissan X-Trail. Making their way to the getaway cars, they fired at random, wounding three people.

As they drove along the R102 near Glen Anil, they allegedly shot and wounded the driver of a white BMW X5.

It was initially thought that the robbers were targeting the cash guards, but police had since confirmed that it was a business robbery.

Tyanti said bullets came in through the open window and hit his assistant, Themba, in the shoulder.

“I stopped the truck and put my hands on my head as the bullets flew above my head. They shot at the truck several times.”

After stopping the truck he took a deep breath and ran for his life.

Grateful to be alive

“I left my colleague in the truck because he was shot. I was scared. I thought I was going to die. The bullets moved past my ears and above my head.”

Skhumbuzo Mwandla, 38, a security guard at the supermarket, watched from a distance as armed men stormed into the shop.

“I first heard a loud noise, then I saw people running out of the supermarket from the front and the back doors. They were screaming," he said.

Mwandla said he had seen a man getting out of a car followed by two more men "carrying big guns, going into the shop".

Mwandla said he was afraid and ran and hid behind a block of flats.

Police were investigating a case of business robbery and four counts of attempted murder. No arrests had been made.

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