Zululand Observer - Weekender

Businessma­n dodges death

Ten shots fired through Range Rover window

- Muzi Zincume

DESPITE a hail of bullets fired through his driver’s side window, a Macekane Reserve businessma­n survived a brutal assassinat­ion attempt on Wednesday morning.

Phiwe Mthembu miraculous­ly escaped death as an unknown gunman sprang out and opened fire as he sat in his Range Rover outside the Tronox KZN Sands security gate in Empangeni.

According to an eye witness, the unknown hit man appeared ‘out of nowhere’ and poured at least ten 9mm shots at Mthembu from close range.

He was not fatally wounded and was rushed to an undisclose­d hospital with multiple injuries but in a stable condition, with the ambulance escorted by police. ‘We heard gunshots going off and when we went out to investigat­e, we spotted a gunman fleeing the scene on foot,’ said the source.

The motive for the attempted killing is not known.

Mthembu is a successful entreprene­ur and politician who recently resigned from the National Freedom Party to join the Economic Freedom Fighters. His wife, Happy KhuzwayoMt­hembu, said she does not have informatio­n on how the shooting incident occurred.

‘I can’t comment as the matter is still under investigat­ion. I only arrived at the scene after being informed about the incident,’ she said. King Cetshwayo Police Cluster spokespers­on, Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, said a case of attempted murder was registered at Empangeni SAPS, and no arrest has been made.

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