Security guard due in court after taxi rank shooting

A 51-year-old security officer accused of murder is expected to appear before the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.

This follows a shooting that took place at a local taxi rank in Musina on Monday afternoon, after a fight broke out leaving two people dead. 

Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the suspect, who is a security officer, had handed himself over to the police. He was allegedly involved in an argument with taxi drivers after he accused them of blocking his motor vehicle.

“He apparently got out of the vehicle armed with a service rifle and pistol. He started firing shots randomly, injuring a male taxi driver and a female street vendor. One Toyota Quantum and a private sedan were also damaged in the process. The suspect then fled the scene using the company motor vehicle,” said Ledwaba adding that 14 cartridges were discovered at the scene.

The man faces two counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm in a public place, two counts of malicious damage to property and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

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