Pakistanis shot at, robbed in city centre

2014-09-16 00:00

TWO Pakistani businessmen yesterday told of a near-fatal armed robbery in which both were shot and wounded in the city centre at the weekend.

A bullet passed through 26-year-old Mahomed Fahad’s neck and hit his companion, Adil Abbas (24) in his upper arm.

Abbas told The Witness they had just left their friend, Ather Tanveer, at his flat when the attack happened in the early hours of Sunday.

The suspects fled with R7 500 and two cellphones.

Adil Abbas, who was discharged yesterday, said they had come from Umthatha in the Eastern Cape to visit his brother in Pietermaritzburg. After dropping Tanveer at his flat on the corner of Berg and Masukwana (East) streets, they were attacked by four armed men. “We tried to defend ourselves but one man shot at Fahad in the neck,” he said.

Abbas said the bullet passed through Fahad’s neck and hit him in his arm.

The injured men drove themselves to Midlands Hospital, and were later transferred to Grey’s.

The Public Relations Officer at Grey’s Hospital, Zamo Mntungwa confirmed that Fahad was still in hospital in a stable condition yesterday.

The KZN SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police are investigating a case of armed robbery. No arrests were made.

But the Umthatha-based information secretary for the Pakistan Community, Talha Khan, told The Witness that he believes this was a xenophobic attack on Pakistani nationals in South Africa.

“These attacks have been going on for a long time. Last week in Um­thatha a Pakistani businessman was kidnapped and shot 14 times by unknown people,” he said.

Khan mentioned that they have been granted permission by the court and local municipality at Umthatha to embark on a protest on Thursday to raise public awareness about the attacks on foreigners.


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