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Durban - A brazen robber jumped out of a minibus taxi and held a Durban family at gunpoint as they were returning home from a local restaurant.
The Manor Gardens family spent the night on their lounge floor on Friday, watching live CCTV footage just in case the attackers returned.
It was the second armed robbery in the suburb in two days. A day earlier, another resident was shot while parking his Hyundai Tucson in his garage.
The Mein family of Mazisi Kunene (South Ridge) Road were held up in their Hyundai iX35 SUV when they returned home from dinner.
Kenny Mein parked the vehicle outside the front gate when a taxi stopped next to him. CCTV cameras at the house captured the incident as it unfolded.
The taxi, travelling in the direction of Entabeni Hospital, screeched to a halt next to the Meins’s SUV. A man jumped out and pointed a gun at Mein’s head as his wife, Claire, got out. A man opened the back door and placed a gun to Keanu’s – Mein’s son – head.
“When I heard the noise of the gun cocking, I put my hand up to the side of my head and anticipated a bang,” Mein said. “The man in the back seat grabbed my hand and tried to force off my watch.”
Claire said all she heard was, “give, give, give” throughout the ordeal. The men took her handbag containing credit cards, her ID, the keys to the house, watches and cash.
The CCTV footage showed a man alighting the SUV while the robbery was in progress and walking to the back of the taxi.
He re-appears with what seemed to be a number plate.
A car then exits Maze Road opposite them and stops behind the taxi.
Mein said the driver hooted a few times, which startled the robbers. The men jumped into the taxi and drove off. Mein said the taxi driver noticed that the car behind them was indicating to turn left and also made a left turn. Mein started his vehicle and drove up the road hooting and flashing his lights. This attracted the attention of the driver behind the minibus, who then sped off.
“The men had slowed down and jumped off the taxi. I think the people in the car were going to be their next victims,” he said.
In the other incident in Manor Gardens, Stefan Persson, 47, a videographer, was shot twice in the driveway of his Nunhead Road home on Thursday.
While Persson was parking his Hyundai Tucson in the garage, a car stopped behind him and three men got out. Two went to the passenger side and one to the driver’s side door.
Persson’s nephew, Kyle Nivison, said one of the men shot his uncle in the shoulder while he was seated in the car.
“It is unclear what happened in the car. There was a lot of shuffling inside, when we viewed the CCTV footage, between him and the robber.
“They all came out of the garage with my wounded uncle. The men pointed the gun at his head and fired a shot. My uncle put his hand up instinctively. The bullet hit him in the wrist of his hand instead.”
Despite being shot twice, Persson tackled one of the armed men to the ground.
Nivison said another shot went off, which missed Persson and struck the wall, but shrapnel from the bullet hit his uncle in the face. A second armed man put a gun to Persson’s head and demanded that he release his accomplice.
“The men fled leaving my uncle on the floor, wounded. They have not yet removed the bullet that struck his shoulder. He will undergo surgery soon.”
Persson was discharged from hospital on Monday.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the cases were being investigated by the Mayville police. Zwane said Persson refused to hand over his car keys and a fight ensued before he was shot.