Drive-by shootings spoil New Year’s Day in SA, 2 dead, 17 injured – Video. Two people died and six were injured when the occupants of a car fired on Poppy’s restaurant in the relatively affluent northern Johannesburg suburb of Melville. Shootings in Johannesburg early Wednesday left two people dead and 16 injured, marring the city’s New Year celebrations and highlighting a crime problem that’s one of the government’s biggest challenges.
“A terrible tragedy happened in my neighbourhood in the early hours of this morning,” said a blog posted from Melville. “A drive-by shooting. Two young women, dead. A car guard, shot in the head and critical.”
Two hours later, at 3 a.m. local time, 11 people were injured by gunshots that police believe were fired from a highway overpass into a crowd at a public celebration at Mary Fitzgerald Square in the city centre. While the first attack may have been sparked by an earlier fight, according to eyewitnesses, the motive for the second is unclear. No arrests have been made.
While gun violence in South Africa’s biggest city is common, with five people killed in a single attack at a tavern in Soweto township in December, the location of the latest shootings has illustrated just how prevalent the problem is, with coverage dominating local news services.
South Africa has the continent’s highest murder rate, with an average of more than 50 people killed each day.
Watch Video below
Source – iHarare
In other news – 2 mansions, luxury cars owned by Mary Chiwenga discovered in SA
2 mansions, luxury cars owned by Mary Chiwenga discovered in SA. This emerged in the High Court yesterday during Mubaiwa’s bail appeal in the matter in which she is facing foreign currency externalisation, money laundering and fraud charges. The State has identified two mansions and luxury cars owned in South Africa by the estranged wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Mary Mubaiwa.
The bail appeal was brought before Justice Pisirayi Kwenda, who also heard Mubaiwa’s bail application on attempted murder charges. Challenging Harare magistrate Mr Chrispen Mberewere’s decision to deny her bail, Mubaiwa’s lawyer Sylvester Hashiti said the State would have no problems extraditing her from South Africa in the event that she…continue reading.