Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

Brit tourist gunned down in South Africa after taking wrong turn from airport

A British man shot dead in South Africa had accidentally driven his family into the centre of a riot when he took a wrong turn from the airport.

The man, a doctor based near London, stopped his car in the melee that sprung up due to taxi driver strikes, and he was shot dead in the Nyanga township of Cape Town, one of the most dangerous places in the country.

The other occupants of the vehicle, including an infant, were rushed to hospital having just witnessed the trauma, reports stated.

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Reports stated that the vehicle was approached by a group before a gun was fired. The group of striking taxi drivers allegedly demanded that the doctor pay a toll but he refused.

The taxi drivers became angry and then opened fire on him, Opera News reported. Four other people have also been killed in the violence.

A police spokesman said: "The deceased was seated in the driver seat with a gunshot wound to the head.

"Two passengers in shock and an infant were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment."

Lirandzu Themba, the spokeswoman for the police minister, said: "The 40-year-old doctor was driving with two other persons in the vehicle.

"From the airport he apparently took a wrong turn off on Thursday evening and headed towards Nyanga.

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"In Ntlangano Crescent a number of suspects approached his vehicle, shot and killed him. No arrests yet."

The British Foreign Office said it was "supporting the family of a British man who has died in South Africa" and issued a travel alert about the unrest.

The embassy urged people to "consider delaying their journey" due to the ongoing minicab taxi strikes in the Cape Town area.

The week-long strike was called in response to what drivers said were "heavy-handed tactics" by law enforcement authorities who were impounding cars for minor offences.

Drivers said they were prosecuted for not wearing a seatbelt and illegally driving in the emergency lane, but claimed others doing the same only faced fines.

Nyanga is one of the most dangerous places in South Africa where 74 people are murdered every day.

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