Vehicle Petrol Bombed: Verulam – KwaZulu Natal
A Toyota Tazz was petrol bombed and two of the occupants were attacked on the corner of Himalaya Drive and Todd Street in Verulam a short while ago.
Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene by passing motorists and residents reporting the vehicle on fire. Upon arrival Reaction Officers found a Toyota Tazz engulfed in flames. The owner of the vehicle could not be located at the scene.
While firemen were in the process of extinguishing the blaze the RUSA Operations Centre received a called from a resident of Olivine Road in Everest Heights reporting an injured man on their property. Reaction Officers proceeded to the residence and upon arrival located the owner of the Toyota Tazz bleeding from a cut to his head.
He explained that he is a member of a taxi association. He and a friend were seated in his vehicle monitoring passing taxis when they heard the back glass on the vehicle break. The two men got off the vehicle and were accosted by two individuals who began assaulting them. The victim claimed that both suspects were using balaclavas but one of them spoke in an Indian accent.
The victims managed to break free and flee in opposite directions while one suspect fired a volley of shots at them. Only one of the victims has been located after he ran to a nearby home for assistance. A search is currently on for the second victim. The Toyota Tazz was completely destroyed in the fire and was suspected of being pertrol bombed.
The motive for the attack is believed to be related to taxi violence however this is yet to be confirmed.