Furore at a Greytown shooting range

2019-11-27 06:00

ANGRY Greytown resident Lucky Ximba is seeking answers after he was allegedly humiliated in front of other people and denied access to a Greytown shooting range recently.

Ximba accused the operations director of Mzigi Security, Ganga Moodley, of preventing him from gaining access to a shooting range on November 3. Ximba said he was humiliated in front of his wife at the range when Moodley allegedly disrespected him. “Before we could even start, I was rudely approached by Ganga Moodley. [He] started to tell me that I must not come to the shooting range with bottles because he cleans the shooting range. It was very surprising because I have seen so many people of different races using bottles before as their targets, and his attitude was very unprofessional. “He went further, telling me that he assumed that it must be me who has been shooting bottles [at the range] before. [There were] broken bottles everywhere, and it was clear that people use the bottles as their targets when shooting. Secondly, he told me that every time I go to the shooting range, I have to pay an amount of R50, which is confusing. Should I pay this amount at his house or should I pay it to the municipality? I’ve seen SAPS and many other people using the shooting range before and I’m not sure if they paid this amount to him,” Ximba said.

Ximba said he will be approaching the Umvoti Municipality to seek clarity on the matter.

“I would like to find out from the municipality if the shooting range is privately owned by Ganga Moodley. I also need to find out if there’s an amount of R50 to be paid [to him]. I would also like to let Ganga Moodley know that I’m a Greytown resident and it was not my first time going to the shooting range.”

When the Gazette contacted Moodley for comment, he said: “Mzigi Security has a long-term lease with the Umvoti Municipality for the use of the shooting range. Anyone wishing to use the range is welcome to go to the offices of Mzigi Security, pay a fee of R50, sign the range register and then they can proceed to the range. They must abide by the safety rules and regulations. Mzigi Security has had signs erected but unfortunately someone removed them.”

Umvoti municipal spokesperson Phindile Phungula confirmed: “Mzigi Security does have a lease with Umvoti.”

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