Young lass shot in flirting craze

2018-01-25 06:01
Viwe Liwani is still reeling after she was shot by an off duty police officer in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Viwe Liwani is still reeling after she was shot by an off duty police officer in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A young Gugulethu woman is still reeling after she was shot and chased by an allegedly drunk metro police officer as she was on her way to work.

Viwe Liwani, 20, will never forget the Sunday morning of 7 January when she was attacked by a man who began their conversation by asking her to a party.

Speaking to City Vision staff reporters from her home in NY12, with her leg in bandaged, she relayed her ordeal.

“It was around 06:30AM and I had asked a female friend of mine to accompany me to the bus stop. Along the way a green Toyota Tazz slowed down and a passenger invited us to go partying with them ... We refused,” she recalled.

Liwani said the man as well as the driver of the vehicle appeared drunk, while the passenger in the back seat appeared young and was an ikrwala.

“We refused and he continued nagging us until he alighted from the car, came towards us and tried to wrap his arm around my neck ... When he swore at me, I swore back, which made him angry. By this time, the driver of the vehicle had also came out ,” she said.

She said during the argument the first assailant grabbed a gun from the driver’s waist, drew it and shot her in the leg.

“I was so scared I started crying and ducked behind as he seemed to be loading it again or something, but he looked like he had intentions to shoot so I began to run.

He chased after me, hurling insults in the process.

I had to take cover in the yard of a house on the corner of the street where I hid at the back between the shacks,” she said.

The terrified woman who works at a restaurant in Camps Bay as a host said that she could hear the man shouting and asking for her whereabouts.

“He was calling me a “bitch” and said he wanted to kill me. I was terrified. I really thought I was going to die.

According to her: “Moments later, police arrived and he was arrested on the spot and residents helped haul me out of the hiding place while others went to alert people at home,” she said.

Liwani said she was rushed to hospital where she was released later in the day.

“I was told that the two bullets lodged in my lower leg cannot be removed as it would be dangerous to operate.

I am traumatized by the whole incident that sometimes I feel unsafe at home. Every time I see someone resembling that man I get very afraid,” she said.

Liwani said that the incident has severely hampered her life as she had matriculated last year and was going to look for higher education opportunities.

“I wanted to study tourism and hospitality at the Cape University of Technology or Northlink. Now I can’t walk, so I also can’t go there and I haven’t been able to go to work as well,” she said.

Gugulethu police spokeswoman Constable Sindisiwe Ngqele confirmed the man’s arrest. 

“The suspect was arrested by Gugulethu SAPS on the day and has been charged with attempted murder. He is a City law enforcement officer and appeared at the Athlone Magistrate Court and the bail was opposed,” she said.  

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