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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Two bodyguards shot dead at Umhlathuze municipal offices in Richards Bay

Police are combing the scene as investigations into the shooting continues.

Police have confirmed that two off-duty bodyguards have been shot dead at the Umhlathuze municipal offices in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

It is understood shooting happened early on Thursday morning.


Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said officers are combing the scene as investigations into the shooting continues.

“Information at police disposal at this stage indicates that an off-duty bodyguard shot and fatally wounded another bodyguard. The suspect was also shot and fatally wounded by another bodyguard colleague of the first victim. Investigations will be instituted to establish what could have been the motive for the shooting,” Netshiunda said.

The City of uMhlathuze Municipality has expressed condolences to the families of the bodyguards.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased during this difficult time.”

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Limpopo shooting

Meanwhile, four people have been killed and seven others wounded in a shooting by unknown suspects at a taxi rank in Limpopo.

It is understood the incident happened on Wednesday at about 5am at Moletlane crossroads near the local taxi rank.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (Saps) in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has ordered an urgent investigation following the shooting.

Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said it is alleged the suspects driving in a white BMW and a black Mercedes Benz, fired multiple gunshots at the direction of taxis before fleeing the scene after the attack.

“Police and Emergency Medical Services were summoned to the scene and on arrival, two taxi drivers, one passenger and another motorist were certified dead on the scene and four others were transported to the hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds. It later transpired that three more victims who also sustained injuries showed up, bringing to seven the total number of the injured.”

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