Three people have been shot at the newly-opened Mall of Africa during an alleged taxi dispute, paramedics said this afternoon.
According to Netcare911 spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe, reports from the scene indicate that a bystander and two people believed to be taxi bosses have been wounded.
“[A helicopter] has just airlifted the critically injured bystander to a Johannesburg hospital for further medical care. The two wounded taxi bosses are still being treated on scene,” Mathe said.
At least four people have reportedly been arrested on the scene.
A mere two weeks ago, a person was killed and four others were seriously injured in a shooting incident thought to be caused by a rivalry between taxi associations over a highly-contested route along Allandale Road, near the mall.
The mega mall’s grand opening, which took place last week, was marred by reports of shoppers’ cars being stolen.
Metro Police Department spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said seventeen reports of cars stolen at the mall were received last Thursday. However, upon investigation, they found that only four were genuinely missing. One of the cars was recovered in Soweto on the same day.
Mall of Africa’s management added none of the stolen cars were parked within the shopping centre’s premises.
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– Caxton News Service