Bloody end to Durban family gathering as soldiers, cop exchange fire

schumi

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A family gathering on Durban's Bluff ended in a hail of gunfire at the weekend.

Three soldiers are under investigation after it is alleged the men, all armed with assault rifles, opened fire on an off-duty policeman and his family in the early hours of Sunday.

The officer, who was not injured, is understood to have returned fire.

Two women caught in the volley of rifle fire were shot in the face and critically wounded, while another man was shot in the calf and was in a serious condition.

Melani Simon said her family had gathered to celebrate a 50th birthday.

"When it was time for us to leave, one of our friends’ car key broke in the ignition, so we were asking anyone for help. These guys stopped and when we asked them if they had pliers, they started swearing at us," she said.

"A big misunderstanding followed. Then they went into their guesthouse and, minutes later, I just heard gunshots," Simon added.
More at : https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...mily-gathering-as-soldiers-cop-exchange-fire/
 

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Durban gun battle between soldiers and cop a 'private' matter, says SANDF

The defence force has closed ranks around troops involved in a gun battle at a Durban beach at the weekend.

Three people were wounded – two women critically – when an off-duty policeman and several SANDF troops traded fire on Foreshore Drive on Durban’s Bluff in the early hours of Sunday.

SANDF spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi said they were aware of the incident - one which they considered "private".

He could not be drawn to comment on whether it was common practice for soldiers to be armed while away from their base, and what had necessitated their deployment.
More at : https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...soldiers-and-cop-a-private-matter-says-sandf/
 

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Police sources with knowledge of the incident said the SANDF personnel had returned to the guesthouse after the shooting.

The men were not in uniform at the time of the incident.

The police’s special task force was called in, only to be superseded by a military unit, which managed to draw the gunmen out and convince them to hand over their weapons.

Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said firearms were seized and police were investigating a case of attempted murder.

No arrests were made.

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SANDF spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi said they were aware of the incident - one which they considered "private".
He could not be drawn to comment on whether it was common practice for soldiers to be armed while away from their base, and what had necessitated their deployment.
WTF indeed. The SANDF rolling like gangsters above the law.
 

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What the **** are SANDF soldiers doing walking around with assualt rifles in public.


Hang the bastards
 

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The SADNF regard this as a private matter, but they themselves take charge over the incident and worm out any arrests being made. This should be trending news… this SADNF isn’t the police, they are an armed service which is accountable to the government.

Why isn’t the honourable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressing the situation to the public? We as citizens need to know.
 

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This and the strange incident involving SANDF members dumping a bunch of furniture in front of PE Town Hall a few years makes me wonder if they aren't becoming a law unto themselves. And, when you think about it, wouldn't any military without firm oversight?
 

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SANDF has a rep for bad incidents, like saps they have their own bunch of low life criminals in the force. All a fscking disgrace to the uniform but that's how we roll.
 

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Pretty standard for African military IMO.

This is how revolutions are born.
Step 1: Have no discipline (because Africa)
Step 2: People lose faith
Step 3: Military takes over
Step 4: Dictator
 

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the bluff is durban's voortrekker hoogte - extensive military presence in the area.
the "soldiers" may have been on duty traveling between the naval base below in the harbour to the naval ops rooms and bunker at the top of the bluff.

when they say it's a "private matter", i suspect it will be investigated internally and then handed over for civil prosecution
 

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the bluff is durban's voortrekker hoogte - extensive military presence in the area.
the "soldiers" may have been on duty traveling between the naval base below in the harbour to the naval ops rooms and bunker at the top of the bluff.

when they say it's a "private matter", i suspect it will be investigated internally and then handed over for civil prosecution
AFAIK the naval base has been decommissioned for years now. There's still military personnel guarding the harbour and stuff though
 

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AFAIK the naval base has been decommissioned for years now. There's still military personnel guarding the harbour and stuff though
it was downgraded to a naval station, then later fully upgraded to a naval base to acommodate more patrol vessels and strikecraft


**back in the day we used to waterski behind the namacurras in the harbour - a twin engined boat does not leave an ideal wake in which to ski - many a mishap and injury occured :D :D
 
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