Shot in the face for money bag

2012-12-14 00:00

A WITNESS contractor was critically wounded after being shot in a brazen robbery on a busy street in central Pietermaritzburg yesterday,

He was resuscitated by paramedics and a policeman before being rushed to hospital.

Segaran Naidoo was shot in the face and robbed while sitting in the passenger seat of a bakkie that was parked outside a paint shop in town.

A woman who was working inside the paint shop said she heard a single gunshot before seeing a man walk away and climb into a white Opel Corsa that drove away.

“There was just one gunshot. That’s all I heard. We [with others from the shop] ran outside and saw him [Naidoo] sitting in the car.” The shooting happened at around 3.15 pm.

Another witness, Sipho Zondi, who was sitting across the road, said he too heard a single gunshot and saw a man getting into a white Corsa.

Tahera Kader, who called the ambulance, said she heard a shot being fired before hearing a woman yelling, “Somebody call an ambulance. Someone’s been shot.”

Captain Dolf Otto of the police accident unit said that he heard the call for help on the police radio while he was driving in town. He rushed to the scene where he found ER24 paramedics performing CPR on Naidoo.

“One of the paramedics had to leave the scene and they knew that I was able to help,” said Otto.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Naidoo was shot in the face while sitting in a bakkie on the corner of Hoosen Haffejee and Boshoff streets yesterday afternoon.

His attacker then grabbed Naidoo’s money bag.

The gunman fled in a white bakkie with an NRB (Richards Bay) registration plate.

Jeevan said Naidoo was critically wounded. No arrests have been made.

Witness circulation manager Clive Reddy said “Segie” Naidoo has been part of The Witness family for more than 30 years.

“He worked in the creditors department for many years before taking up a Witness street sales contract.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this worrying time. We hope the suspects will be apprehended and brought to court speedily.” Naidoo’s wife Sandra also previously worked at The Witness.

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