Teens wounded in Musgrave knife fight

2010-04-08 00:00

SEVERAL young people were seriously injured in a knife fight outside the Musgrave shopping centre in Durban on Tuesday afternoon.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the details are sketchy.

It is alleged that two groups of youths confronted one another after a member of each group had been involved in an altercation.

“The brawl turned ugly when members produced knives. Netcare 911 paramedics responded to the scene and treated and stabilised two young men, both in a serious but stable condition. Both had sustained stab wounds to the torso,” said Wicks.

Musgrave manage Sabir Yusuf said the centre has forwarded its reports and CCTV footage of the incidents involving the unruly youths to the South African Police Service for investigation.

“We will be pursuing legal action against offenders. When incidents involving these youths, some of them under the influence, initially occurred, our security service, along with the SAPS, who had been monitoring them, sought to usher the youths to their intended areas of shopping,” said Yusuf.

He said that at one point a guard was attacked and in other areas youths began randomly attacking security personnel and other operational staff who tried to assist.

“At this point, some suspects were arrested and this displaced the crowds to the street outside the centre, where a fight resulted in stab wounds to four youths.

“We strongly condemn such behaviour and will continue to enforce strict rules,” said Yusuf.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said that a case of assault has been opened.

Zwane said that no arrests have been made and the police are investigating.

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