'Police didn’t even call an ambulance' - Cape shooting witness

2016-03-15 11:15
The driver of the Quantum minibus taxi says he was lucky to escape with just a flesh wound. (Edrea du Toit, Netwerk24)

The driver of the Quantum minibus taxi says he was lucky to escape with just a flesh wound. (Edrea du Toit, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Two dead, six wounded, 58 bullet holes. That was the sum total of early Monday morning's shooting in Blue Downs near Kuils River, Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday.

One of the wounded was the driver of a Quantum minibus taxi who was transporting employees of the McDonald's branch in Kuils River to their respective homes following their night shift.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Robbie Raburabu told News24 on Monday that police had been chasing another Quantum with five occupants, who opened fire on them.

“According to the police, they received information of a possible robbery at the Caltex garage in Kuils River [near Kuils River train station]. 

During the chase, the Quantum transporting the McDonald’s workers was noticed at the scene, and was thought to be blocking the road.

“The [officers] seemed to have thought the second Quantum blocking their way was with the [alleged robbers]. They were caught in the crossfire,” Raburabu said.

58 bullet holes

Two of the McDonald's employees, a man and a woman, died in the hail of bullets, Netwerk24's report continued.

In addition, the driver was wounded along with five other workers.

The driver was still on the scene on Monday morning shortly after 09:00.

His shirt was spattered with blood and his right thigh heavily bandaged.

Three of the vehicle's four tyres were shot flat.

Altogether, 26 bullet holes were counted on the back of the minibus taxi, six of them through the rear window.

On the left side of the vehicle, forensic officers marked 14 bullet holes with white stickers.

Another 12 bullet holes were counted on the right side of the vehicle. Four of these were by the door and window on the driver’s side.

(Edrea du Toit, Netwerk24)

‘I was lucky’

The driver - who did not want to reveal his name - said he was lucky to have only suffered a flesh wound to his right thigh.

He said he drove past an Engen garage in Hindle Road, Blue Downs just after 00:30.

Suddenly, shots rained down through the night. There were no blue lights or sirens, no verbal warning.

He kept driving because he had suffered previous attempts to hijack his taxi in the area.

His passengers were hysterical and he was trying to get to a police station.

Just beyond the entrance to Regulus Street, still in Hindle Road, the taxi came to a halt. Three of his tyres were shot flat.

'There was no apology'

It was only then that the police had spoken to them, the driver said.

“I told them I transport employees of McDonald's, but they would not listen,” he told Netwerk24.

“There were between seven and eight vehicles, with more than 15 police officers, who pointed their firearms at the Quantum.”

According to the driver, he was told to get out of the taxi and lay down on the ground.

"When the women began to climb out of the taxi and they counted the eighth woman, only then did they realise their mistake.”

He said police officers turned around, got into their cars and sped away.

"There was no apology, no ‘we are sorry’. . . they did not even call an ambulance."

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