GUN AT­TACK MYS­TERY

Bul­lets fired at an­gler’s car in­side Mozam­bi­can bor­der

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - FRONT PAGE - Tam­lyn Jolly

WHO pumped bul­lets into the car of a hol­i­day­maker shortly af­ter he had crossed the Kosi Bay bor­der into Mozam­bique for a fish­ing hol­i­day?

That’s the big mys­tery af­ter the Pre­to­ria man had to be treated for gun­shot wounds fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

It is re­ported that af­ter cross­ing the bor­der, he stopped his car, got out and took some pho­to­graphs.

Once he got back into his ve­hi­cle and started driv­ing away slowly, the driver’s side of his car was sprayed with bul­lets.

He was shot twice in the right fore­arm. Moun­ties Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, whose paramedics were sta­tioned at Sod­wana Bay for a deep sea an­gling com­pe­ti­tion, were no­ti­fied and im­me­di­ately rushed to the scene.

‘Af­ter be­ing told that the pa­tient was a gun­shot vic­tim and had been wounded in the shoul­der, we con­sid­ered the worst case sce­nario and or­dered a he­li­copter to meet us at the bor­der,’ said Moun­ties’ Joe Kruger.

‘When we ar­rived at the bor­der, we found the vic­tim had driven him­self back to the bor­der, where he met us.

‘Bor­der con­trol and the bor­der po­lice were very friendly and help­ful, and stamped his pass­port quickly so he could re­turn to South African soil where we could treat him.

‘They also helped pre­pare the he­li­copter land­ing zone be­fore it ar­rived.’

The wounds were treated on scene be­fore he was trans­ported by he­li­copter to Ethek­wini Hos­pi­tal.

While the vic­tim did not see who shot at him, Mozam­bique po­lice spec­u­lated that the shoot­ing was car­ried out by poach­ers in the area.

Their the­ory is that the poach­ers saw Nel stop and take pho­to­graphs, as­sumed he had pho­tographed them and so shot at him.

But there is so­cial me­dia spec­u­la­tion that it was Mozam­bi­can po­lice them­selves who were re­spon­si­ble, for what­ever rea­son.

The close group­ing of the shots in the driver’s side of Nel’s ve­hi­cle bears the marks of a pro­fes­sion­ally trained shooter. The weapon used in the shoot­ing is be­lieved to have been a .22 cal­i­bre ri­fle and it is likely Nel was shot at from a fair dis­tance away.

As far as the ZO can as­cer­tain, this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and there have been no other re­ports of at­tacks on mo­torists.

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