Drivers shot in cold blood

2013-01-04 00:00

TWO professional drivers were shot in cold blood in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday night.

A tow-truck driver was shot and killed in a suspected hit at his home in the Estcourt area.

Chad Horns (38), who was employed as a tow truck driver at Gerry’s Motors in Estcourt, was reportedly shot by people who lay in wait outside his home around midnight.

He died while trying to crawl back to his house.

Sources claimed he had been lured out of his house by a phone call from someone pretending to be in need of towing assistance. He was shot when he came out.

His boss, Peter Buys, described the shooting as tragic. He said he had not worked long with Horns.

“He had not been with me very long as he would come and go … and I have no idea what was happening in his life outside work.”

Buys said it seemed that the people who killed Horns were not interested in robbing him.

“I understand that at around 12.30 at night, some people came to his house. They vandalised his vehicle by damaging the tyres and they put paint on the vehicle.

“When he came out, these people were waiting for him and they shot him. I believe that he was shot in the stomach and he died at his home.

“I knew him to be a nice and personable guy.”

Horns was married and leaves his wife and four children.

Police confirmed they were investigating the killing and said that no one had been arrested.

In Pietermaritzburg, a metered taxi driver was killed in Imbali and his vehicle stolen on Wednesday night.

Police said Sthembiso Duma (43) was shot in the upper body.

It is believed that earlier in the evening, Duma was driving a white Volkswagen Golf 1 (ND 168 809) when he was stopped by three men.

The men opened his door and forced him out of his vehicle.

One of them drew a firearm and fired a shot at Duma, fatally wounding him. The men got into the vehicle and fled.

The motive for the murder is unknown and the vehicle is still missing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Captain Idris Adam of Plessislaer police at 033 398 9771 or 082 443 2148.

Anonymous callers should contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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