Thu. Jan 28th, 2021

Umgeni horror crash: ‘Vehicle could have been shot at’

After removing seven bodies from the crash site on the Umgeni flyover, police found what appeared to be bullet shrapnel inside the car.

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A horrific crash on the Umgeni Road flyover in Durban, on Tuesday 12 May, has killed seven people and left another injured in a critical condition.

It is alleged that the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle around 06:00. However, a bullet was also found inside the car which has led to allegations of foul play.

Rescue paramedics were on the scene at the Umgeni flyover. Jaws of life equipment had to be used to cut the patients free. 

“Once freed, unfortunately, seven of them had been declared deceased on the scene and one person has been to a nearby hospital for the urgent care that they require,” said Rescue Care Paramedic spokesperson Garith Jamieson. 


In an interview with eNCA, Captain Raj Rooplal from the South African Police Service (Saps) said the car crashed onto a barrier, bounced off it and then crashed onto the barrier on the opposite side of the road. 

Rooplal said it looked as though the driver lost control. 

Then Rooplal dropped an unexpected bit of news; he said the car, travelling on the Umgeni flyover, could have possibly been shot at. 

“The other challenge we’re experiencing now is that we’ve established that the vehicle may have been shot at and this is now taking a different investigation into this crash,” he said. 

“We’ve established a bullet entering into the rear right of the vehicle, we found bullet shrapnel in the vehicle, we’re just waiting for it to be sent to forensics so that they can continue with the investigation,” added Rooplal. 

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Image via: Rescue Care Paramedics
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Image via: Rescue Care Paramedics


Monday 11 April and Tuesday 12 May saw Police Minister Bheki Cele conduct site visits in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

On Monday, Cele visited a number of operation in and around Pietermaritzburg to assess adherence to level 4 of lockdown regulations.

On Tuesday, Cele visited the family of slain Tongaat teenager Andile Bobo Mchunu. The teenager was brutally murdered at a tavern in the Hambanathi community.

According to community members, Mchunu received a vicious beating and was subsequently reported missing on 27 April. It’s alleged that a mob attacked and detained the teenager, claiming that Mchunu had stolen liquor and money from a tavern owner.

On Friday 8 May, Nkosibomvu Secondary School announced that Mchunu’s body had been found and that at least four suspects had been arrested in connection with the teenager’s murder. 

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