Taxi driver up for attempted murder after 'road rage' shooting

19 August 2019 - 10:57 By TimesLIVE
The minibus taxi driver's licensed firearm was confiscated as evidence.
The minibus taxi driver's licensed firearm was confiscated as evidence.
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A minibus taxi driver who allegedly fired a shot, wounding a bystander, in an apparent fit of road rage will face an attempted murder charge in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court on Monday.

Police, who heard a gunshot while on patrol in central Johannesburg, arrested the 39-year-old driver on the corner of Kerk and Troye streets on August 16.

“A 34-year-old male was driving a blue Toyota Corolla … slowly looking for a parking. He was followed by a white Toyota Hi-Ace [with its driver] hooting and shouting at him,” Capt Xoli Mbele said in a statement.

“He jumped out of the vehicle to explain to the taxi driver that he is looking for parking. The taxi driver fired one shot. The driver of the Toyota Corolla pushed his hand, and the bullet hit a bystander.”

The bystander was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was treated and later discharged.

“Police busy with their routine crime duties heard a gunshot and followed the direction. They found two people fighting for a firearm and told them to put it down. The taxi driver was using his licensed firearm and it was confiscated,” said Mbele.


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