A taxi boss has been shot dead and his passenger injured after a gunman opened fire on them near a secondary school in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier on Wednesday.
Local security company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) was called out to the scene at about 10.09am after they received several calls stating that a man was seen driving a car at a high speed while seated on top of a dead body.
Reaction officers responded to the scene and found a police vehicle present. A white Toyota was also parked across the road, the Phoenix Sun reported.
A report issued by Rusa read: “A man was found on the driver’s seat with a bullet to his head. Paramedics confirmed that the man was dead. His prosthetic ear was also found on the rear seat.”
According to a passenger in the vehicle, the driver, a local taxi owner, was parked in Grange, Verulam, when a lone gunman armed with a 9mm pistol opened fire on them through the left front passenger window.
“The suspect then fled in a maroon Toyota RunX. The passenger then sat on top of his wounded friend and drove for several kilometres towards the Osindsweni Hospital. He came to a stop after the front tyre was damaged,” the report further indicated.
The passenger said he could not move the deceased, who weighed in excess of 140kgs.
“A deceased was previously shot when he was ambushed near his residence a few months ago,” the report concluded. Investigations are continuing.
– Caxton News Service