Wild West scene in city street

2014-09-11 00:00

A CROWD of screaming people scattered when gunshots rang out as staff from two Pietermaritzburg businesses clashed in the CBD yesterday morning.

The drama erupted when Lesley Gounden from Midlands Communications and Nashua employee Sanjeev Maharaj got into a fist fight in the parking lot at the Nashua building in Hoosen Haffajee (Berg) Street.

Each yesterday claimed that the other had started the fight.

As the fight escalated, employees from both companies got involved in the heated conflict. The fist-flying frenzy ended when three gunshots were fired randomly, allegedly by a Nashua staff member.

No one was hit.

Gounden told The Witness the fight started when he dropped his wife off at work.

Maharaj allegedly gave him the “thumbs up” and invited him into the premises asking; “What the f**k is wrong with [you]?”

Gounden then got out of his vehicle before Maharaj allegedly threw the first punch.

“I smelt alcohol on his breath. After he hit me, I gave him three thunder fists in the face. Two other Nashua employees jumped me from the back, overpowered me, and started kicking at me on the floor,” Gounden said.

Gounden told The Witness that Maharaj allegedly locked the driveway gate, locking him into the property screaming that “we’re going to kill this madhir today!”

At this time, Gounden called his colleagues from Midlands Communications for “back-up”.

The mass brawl then broke out when four of Gounden’s staff hurtled onto the premises to come to his aid.

By then it is alleged the crowd had grown to around 20.

The Nashua employee allegedly at that stage drew a gun and fired in the direction of the crowd.

“He then pointed the gun at each one of us and singled us out,” Gounden said.

Gounden believes that the motive for the fight could be that he opened a rival store.

“Looks like when you want to eliminate the opposition, you just shoot the staff,” he said.

Maharaj however denied he was the instigator. He told The Witness Gounden jumped out of his car and assaulted him while he was having a meeting in the driveway.

“I don’t even know who he is. He just jumped out of the car and punched me. He normally drops his wife off on the road. He never comes down the driveway. I’ve got witnesses to prove it,” he said.

Onlookers from the area said that they heard loud screaming and yelling.

“There were ambulances everywhere and police where running across the road. People from the Nashua building where hanging out of the windows and watching what was going on. I saw a man pointing a gun at the crowd,” one bystander said.

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