Two Joburg taxi robbers in court

Monday, May 14, 2018

Two men, who allegedly blockaded a taxi and assaulted its driver before shooting and wounding a passenger, are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court this morning.

The two committed the crime in February and were arrested on Friday after a probe by the National Investigation Unit.

They are accused of attacking Shaghani Bashir who was travelling in a taxi to Houghton, Johannesburg, in February when four men travelling in another sedan cornered them off at Athol Oakland Road.

The men, armed with handguns and a hammer, demanded that the driver open the door.

When the driver refused, one of the suspects broke the window with the hammer.

They allegedly assaulted the driver and forcefully removed him from the car. The suspects then robbed and shot Bashir before fleeing from the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and discharged.

Reports in the media suggested the shooting of Bashir was a “hit".

However, SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo on Sunday said it has since emerged that the motive had been robbery after the team arrested two suspects aged 32 and 35 years in Ivory Park in Thembisa.

Both men are facing charges of at least attempted murder and armed robbery.

Detectives will be opposing bail because the suspects are considered to be a flight