Two men were shot last night (Tuesday 19th March) as the sound of gun shots erupted in Ballito with more than 30 gunshots fired in the main centre of town. Taxi wars have been brewing over the past few days in Ballito as taxi associations fight for routes and commuters business in the area.
Officers from Umhlali SAPS have been on the scene trying to discourage violence between the KwaDukuza Taxi Association and the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association but at around 6pm last night the main road in Ballito, between Lifestyle Centre and The Junction Shopping Centre, turned into a mini warzone as people were running and falling down the banks on the side of the roads seeking cover. Cars did illegal u-turns or reversed back down the main roads and patrons in restaurants took cover hiding behind chairs and kids being protected in kitchen areas.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the men sustained several gunshot wounds. One of them was in a critical condition. Paramedics found them at the side of a road near a minibus taxi rank. They were treated at the scene and taken to hospital.
A local mom described the incident, on Facebook, as she was at one of the shopping centres, “Rather scary (I) was at Ballito Lifestyle Centre when about 30 gunshots (at the) taxi rank went off. Police were amazing. Kids are shaken but all safe, we’re praying for peace in our country!!!” Facebook and Twitter lit up with comments from locals and commuters as they were experiencing the violence first hand. Fortunately many were made aware of the danger through FB and Twitter and steered clear of the hot spot.
Update: One of our readers sent us this bone-chilling video which was shot while lying under the tables in the John Dorys in Lifestyle Centre.
Update : Photo’s taken by FabMags employee when shots were being fired. Some images show bullet holes in vehicles as well as injured person lying alongside a vehicle that was part of the shoot out.
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