Passenger shoots 3 times and kills bus driver in Redcliffe, Verulam while bus is in motion

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A 31 year old bus driver has been fatally shot in Redcliffe, Kwazulu Natal on Tuesday morning 12 November 2019.

Reaction Unit South Africa received the call of a shooting in progress at 07:03 on the Buffelsdraai Road in Redcliffe. Reaction Officers converged on the scene and found a male slumped on the drivers seat with three gunshot wounds to his head.

Paramedics declared him deceased a short while later.

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According to witnesses that were on the Siza Baba Bus Service, a passenger entered the bus, drew a handgun and shot the driver in the head. The suspect had been picked up as a passenger a short distance from the scene. Witnesses informed Reaction Officers that the bus was in motion when the driver was attacked. The vehicle then rolled back for a short distance before coming to a a standstill in the center of the road.

According to Prem Balram, director of Reaction Unit SA they received a call of a shooting in progress at 07:03am this morning on the Buffelsdraai Road in Redcliffe.

"Reaction Officers converged on the scene and found a male slump on the drivers seat with three gunshot wounds to his head. Paramedics declared him deceased a short while later," said Balram.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot. According to a witness, he was picked up in a white VW Polo. This has not been confirmed. Three spent 9mm cartridges were recovered inside the bus.

Balram said according to witnesses a passenger entered the bus, drew a handgun and shot the driver in the head.

"The suspect had been picked up as a passenger a short distance from the scene.

"Witnesses informed Reaction Officers that the bus was in motion when the driver was attacked. The vehicle then rolled back for a short distance before coming to a a standstill in the center of the road.

According to family members who arrived on scene, the driver is a resident of Buffelsdale in Tongaat, KZN. The transport business belonged to the family of the deceased. This has not been confirmed.

A case of Murder is being investigated. KZN police had not yet responded to queries for comment.

In September a Translux bus driver has been killed and another critically wounded after two drive-by shootings minutes apart on the R56 near Ixopo.

The buses were en route to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape when they came under fire.


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