Teen shot dead at illegal drag racing event

2015-03-01 08:26

Durban - A 15-year-old boy was shot dead during a stand-off with police following an illegal drag racing event in Durban on Saturday, police said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that police had been called out following complaints of "people spinning tyres and drag racing" at a taxi rank in Inanda.

He said that initial allegations were that a mob of about 200 drivers and spectators attacked police.

"It is alleged that shots were fired and a 15-year old boy was shot in the cheek," he said.

The boy died from his injuries.

Naicker did not say who had fired the shots, but that the Independent Police Investigations Directorate had been called in to investigate the shooting and were at the scene on Saturday night.

"The area is very tense and the Public Order Policing [unit] are keeping an eye on the situation," Naicker said.

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2015-03-01 08:31

    Eish police again.

      Mike Prior - 2015-03-01 08:36

      I don't know. The police were called in after complaints. Then if there's a mob of 200 threatening their lives...... But I suspect that there's no respect for police nowadays, so no one is going to listen to them when they say, "stop this drag racing and go home."

      PointBlank - 2015-03-01 08:36

      You do illegal stuff then shoot at police and then complain when they react? You dumb.

      Andre Brink - 2015-03-01 08:52

      Burn their vehicles!

      Sean Wolf - 2015-03-01 08:56

      @Ndlovu - It does not state who shot ! But the police were attacked ... Maybe you should learn to read

      fargone - 2015-03-01 10:42

      You cannot "allege" that shots were fired, if someone was actually shot in the cheek, there is clear evidence that at least one shot WAS fired!!!!!!!

      Del Pearson - 2015-03-02 01:47

      Illegal drag racing Sechaba, police called in. Blame the racers not the police.

  • Cosmas Snr - 2015-03-01 08:35


  • bridgette.wood.18 - 2015-03-01 08:36

    Poor parenting again!

      e8c92ecf-aa73-41a7-a149-d4aa5b03c2ff - 2015-03-01 08:39

      As if you are a good parent yourself you peacock trying to fluff your feathers in public.

      Truth24 - 2015-03-01 09:21

      Haile. Selfie much?

      Yazeed Isaacs - 2015-03-01 10:13

      How is rye bad parenting? I have a love for cars and I too attended these events back in the day. But I was not a thug or criminal. Get your facts right before commenting you moron.

      Yazeed Isaacs - 2015-03-01 10:16

      @Jakes Lol. You are stupid. King Selfie!!!

  • scott.ramsay.77920 - 2015-03-01 08:43

    Why Durban hasn't built a decent drag strip, skid pan or race track yet is beyond. If you want to take this off the streets you're gonna have to give the guys some where to go.

      Andre Brink - 2015-03-01 08:53

      If they want to race, they should become racing drivers.

      Yazeed Isaacs - 2015-03-01 10:03

      @Andre Will you sponsor all of them?

      DraconiaShadow - 2015-03-01 10:04

      gauvament stopped caring a month after they took up office

      wikus.erasmus.545 - 2015-03-01 10:07

      Well done for volunteering Scott! When can we expect it to open up and what are the fees gonna be?

  • Colleen Williams - 2015-03-01 08:44

    Is it confirmed that the police fired the shot??? These drag racing events are dangerous and illegal in public places! Why does the government not build tracks for these youngsters to do drag racing legally??

  • Xenswim1 - 2015-03-01 08:50

    Which Cheek. I would think only the bum Cheek would be the most dangerous.

  • Ryan van Rooyen - 2015-03-01 08:53

    Roll the dice, pay the price

      Truth24 - 2015-03-01 09:22

      Well said.

  • Evert Winchester - 2015-03-01 09:05

    Wait for the "he was a good boy" or "he was on his way to church or on his way to do charity work" comments

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-03-01 09:24

    With what money are they to build a track. Damn governments already taken the money.

  • Theo Du Preez - 2015-03-01 09:28

    That is what I don't understand. There are 200 people at a drag race, and everyday innocent bystanders and some drivers is getting killed because they do it in an urban area. Why can't the cops just stop it? Arrest the whole bunch and confiscate the cars, as easy as that.

      Sipho IThequota - 2015-03-01 09:36

      And they are all released tomorrow and we have the same problem next week. Skiet die bliksems

  • Grant Wright - 2015-03-01 09:34

    Anybody searching for them should look down and follow the trace of the KFC bones....

      Mpho Gatja - 2015-03-01 09:55

      Grant what's you and your obsession with the KFC? Are you a farmer by any chance?

  • Tabea Matome - 2015-03-01 09:35

    I don't understand why they should do this things in a taxi rank, that's bad behaviour

  • Steve Slater - 2015-03-01 09:56

    The use of deadly force to protect yourself or others in a life threatening situation is regarded as self defence when you have no alternative than to kill the attacker in order to save your own life or that of these situations , the reasonanable man test is normally applicable. According to this test,the question to be asked is what would the reasonable man have done. however when it comes to the police that question goes out the back door,there are too many itchy trigger finger police in the police force.

  • Hester Weyers - 2015-03-01 10:01

    About seven or eight years ago friends of mine had their kids and grandkids visiting. Grandfather decides to do some bonding with his grandson, and asks him to walk with to the cafe to get cooldrink and stuff. Got a large order of slapchips on the go, standing at the corner by the traffic light in Voortrekkers Road in Pretoria.... illegal drag race in process, driver loses control and ploughs into my friends grandson... my friend had to stand in the street, trying to pick the burning hot chips off his grandson's face, scared the boy will burn, and then realising that the lad will never ever feel the pain anymore...two stupid young guys, only about seven years older than the boy who died, and their actions tore an entire family to pieces...

  • Bernd Kankowski - 2015-03-01 10:16

    Steve agree with your statement. Unfortunately it only holds true in a near perfect situation where the law is still respected. But when a mob of 200 goes on the rampage then the rules of the game change. Unfortunately the lawless environment created here by a largely corrupt and uninterested police force allows this type of behaviour to become the norm.

  • Ti-Jean Nabal - 2015-03-01 10:19

    Make no mistake and think that I am defending the government. (They are not worthy of public defense) It is amazing how people can throw the "blame" at the government, with absolute stupid comments like, the government should build a race track. F... Really? Why? So that knob-heads, that sup-up the cars with absolute disregard for safety, (braking ability) control (suspension) and predictability (mechanical strength ratio : increased power) can race. Even if the broke (due to stealing everything) government did build a track these type of racers would still not use it because there is noways that they would want to pay for a properly arranged event, maintenance of the track etc. I am generalizing soooo sorry to the one person that doesn't fit the description. These "racers" is the kind that would

  • Christopher Coetzer - 2015-03-01 10:21

    andre believe me cum and try burn one of our cars

  • Shirley Deysel - 2015-03-01 10:23

    Yawn!!!! Confiscate the damn cars and crush them.... No more problems.

  • Warren du Plessis - 2015-03-01 10:57

    sad to hear but police were doing their jobs. Dont do crime.

  • Warren du Plessis - 2015-03-01 10:57

    sad to hear but police were doing their jobs. Dont do crime.

  • Ni?aaz Davids - 2015-03-01 10:58

    Well done to all those who applaud the killing of a 15year old child, by all means stop illegal street racing but killing? what about your drunk drivers? (who statistically kill more than drag racers) next time you look at your 15 year old nephew, understand this could easily of be him (well given that his in durban and all), we all have our poison.

  • Krzysztof Lapacz - 2015-03-01 11:17

    wanna come watch me spin my takkies and tune my cabbie ek se? afterwards we can go dala some stekkies and tune what what

  • Laughton Martin - 2015-03-01 11:26

    funny how quickly they can respond to drag racing but just call them when you need them and see how long they take

      Maseng Lesibana Mokone - 2015-03-07 12:23

      U r damn right ..thy will tell u there r no cars for that moment.

  • Kholo Warren Jesus - 2015-03-01 11:28

    somebody please designate open land for these idiots. my condelences to the boys family.

  • Christopher Coetzer - 2015-03-01 11:36

    ghoulza please come and try it!!!!

  • Shai Khan - 2015-03-01 11:41

    Shame.....poor boy has to take the hit

  • Hendrika Erasmus - 2015-03-01 12:28

    Last night i saw youngsters drag racing in my friend's street,parking in the residents of the street.Smoking and drinking and just disregarding anyone using the road.RIP to the 15year old.

  • Le Voora Shuku - 2015-03-01 12:32

    I'm one of the organiser of the event that took place at Inanda it was not a drag raving event,what happened is police came where the BMW guys where spining actually two policemen and arrested the BMW driver and the crowd went angry because we ask for permission at the taxi rank weeks ago to host an on going Car meet and greet for different car clubs.while one police noticing that people were angry just opened fire I don't know if that was a warning shot or what but had a boy killed with the first shot on the neck#first shot from the police no one in crowd had guns and where chasing the police when they ranaway with stones after noticing the boy lying on the ground

      Gerrit Van Breda - 2015-03-01 13:10

      So that childs blood is on your hands!!!

      Phumi Mlokoti - 2015-03-01 13:26

      This story has legal implications, I wouldn't be running my mouth on a public platform like News24 if I were you. You already admitted to hosting what is deemed as an 'illegal drag racing event'. I would stop right there if I were you.

      johan.potgieter.106 - 2015-03-01 13:38

      Le, was the police informed of the event? No, I dont think so. If any person fears for his life he may use force to defend himself. Everything has a time and place to happen. This was illegal and you organizers are responsable for what happens at these gatherings.did you try and control the croud. I dont think so.

      johan.potgieter.106 - 2015-03-01 13:38

      Le, was the police informed of the event? No, I dont think so. If any person fears for his life he may use force to defend himself. Everything has a time and place to happen. This was illegal and you organizers are responsable for what happens at these gatherings.did you try and control the croud. I dont think so.

  • Kegan Dustin Clark - 2015-03-01 13:22

    The child was a victim of collateral damage. It was no ones intention to go out and shoot someone. The thing people forget is that the police are governed by so many rules and regulations as far as human treatment towards criminals is concerned. Even if the police officer shoots and kills someone in self defense, they go through the same legal process as civies do. An officer will only shoot when the officer deems it absolutely necessary. I feel for the family of the child, and i feel for the officer, he is probably more traumatised by this than the childs family......dedicate a peice of land to these racer/ricers and let them behave like this away from everyone else.

  • Deekay J. Sar - 2015-03-01 15:11

    Illegal once again, if you got permission from the taxi association for use of premisses but not from authorities it is still ilegal. Safety is the issue here. Nothing is or has been done since this "peoples event" took flight. Neither authorities or planners of such event has sit down and discuss what can be done to safely and peacrfully organize these events. In the end it is still the contestants and spectators responsibility to see to safety and do this at their oen risk. Shame it had to end this way, now only resulying into blaming and fighting. Lets do it right

  • tello.moleko - 2015-03-01 19:41

    why did they attack police who attended to the complain,problem is people think their rights is bullet proof,kids cant do their home work bcause of the noise from u

  • Jack Thomas - 2015-03-06 16:39

    I tried to speak to the minister of transport and there were many promises but to no avail .. KZN does not have a race track and as every older person know, kids will be kids. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. My condolences to the family for the lost son. As a motorcyclist i would love to see a proper race track with all the safety implemented where needed. As for the police, well, a vote of no confidence is reality.

  • Baba Ka Mbali - 2015-03-08 08:08


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