Durban - The boyfriend of a woman who was shot in the neck by a stray bullet during a shoot-out between rival taxi associations in Ntuzuma wants the culprits to be held accountable.
Skhumbuzo Khumalo, 41, said he was angry about what had happened to his live-in girlfriend, Bongiwe Mlindaso.
“I want someone to be held accountable for this, it’s not right that she is in hospital, fighting for her life for something she didn’t do,” he said.
Khumalo said he was not aware of anyone being arrested for the shooting.
He said he and Mlindaso, 42, were awoken by the sound of gunfire early on Monday.
“We both woke up immediately and I ran to the door to see what was happening outside.”
Khumalo said he had the door partly open when Mlindaso came and stood behind him, looking over his shoulder.
“Then she opened the door a bit wider to get a better view and a few moments later I heard and felt something fly past my ear then I heard Bongiwe fall down and she was bleeding,” he said.
According to Khumalo, the bullet struck the right side of Mlindaso’s neck.
She is in a stable condition in intensive care at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.
Four others were injured during the shooting, including two taxi passengers who were caught in the crossfire. The other two are believed to be members of the rival Ntuzuma and Piesang taxi associations.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said no arrests had been made. “We are investigating the matter,” he said.
In February, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu, vowed to end the feud between the taxi associations, telling a community meeting in Lindelani that he would call an urgent meeting to resolve the matter.