Man in court today for road rage ‘murder’

FATAL FIGHT. The scene of the road rage incident in Johannesburg in which a motorcyclist was shot dead on Friday. Picture: Michel Bega.

A motorist who allegedly shot dead a motorcyclist in an apparent road rage incident in Johannesburg on Friday, will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court today.

The man, who is in his 40s, was arrested on Friday after he and 39-year-old biker Douglas Pearce allegedly got into a confrontation while they were both travelling on Malibongwe Drive.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said the two pulled off the road and continued the argument, in the course of which the motorist was injured and the biker shot dead. Firearms recovered from both men were sent for ballistics testing.

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The motorist was treated for head injuries in hospital under police guard. Mogale said he would be charged with murder in court today.

Meanwhile, a row erupted over remarks attributed to motoring journalist Thegandra Naidoo.

According to the website, Naidoo, commenting on the incident, said: “I don’t blame the guy that shot the motorcyclist. They are obnoxious and arrogant. I cannot wait for my day to come when I will open my door and a motorcyclist will fly off his bike and hopefully break his neck!”

The site published an apology from Naidoo yesterday. It reads: “In light of my insensitive comments made about bikers, I wish to apologise to all motorcycle owners in South Africa. My comments were unwarranted and I did not consider that a large number of people commute on motorcycles and motorists, too, pose a threat to their livelihood on a daily basis.

“I understand that all bikers are infuriated at my Facebook post. Rightfully so, they have every reason to do so. While we cannot change what has been done, I publicly apologise to everyone that I have offended.”

He also sent condolences to the family who lost their loved one in the shooting.

Naidoo did not respond to e-mail questions about his remarks and the apology.

– Sapa & Staff reporter.

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