Taxi rank shooting suspects appear in court

2016-11-16 06:01

FOUR suspects appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday following a shooting outside the Professor Nyembezi taxi rank on Saturday morning.

Bongani Shabalala (18), Syabonga Majozi (27), Thembinkosi Majola (22) and Sthabiso Thusi (31) made a brief appearance before magistrate M. Boikhutso facing charges of robbery, dealing in mandrax, dealing in heroin and attempted murder.

The four were arrested after allegedly shooting Nhlanhla Hadebe-Mbhele (41) outside the taxi rank on the corner of Boshoff and Pietermaritz streets.

According to the provisional charge sheet the four assaulted Hadebe-Mbhele and took his Nike bag before shooting him at around 6.41am.

A statement issued by ER24 paramedics, who attended to Hadebe-Mbhele at the scene, said he was found at the entrance of the taxi rank surrounded by members of the local authorities.

“Upon assessment, paramedics discovered he had sustained several gunshots, leaving him in a serious condition. Paramedics began treatment and provided him with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the patient was transported to Grey’s Provincial Hospital for urgent treatment,” said the statement.

The case was adjourned to 15 November for the state to verify the addresses of all the accused to begin the bail application process.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the suspects were arrested after the police followed up on the incident and found three men in a vehicle that was allegedly used in the shooting

“The car was full of drugs. When members searched the vehicle, they found 34 tablets of mandrax as well as 23 heroin straws. The three suspects, who were in the car at the time, were arrested while one fled, but was also later arrested,” she said.

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