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Man shot execution-style, body found on side of road between Tongaat and Ballito

Published Jan 17, 2022

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Durban: The body of a man believed to be in his 30s, was found on an unpaved road between Ballito and Tongaat on Monday morning.

According to Prem Balram from Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), members arrived on the scene at approximately 06:58 and found the man lying in a prone position.

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“His hands were bound behind his back with cable ties.

“He appears to have sustained two gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma to his head.”

Balram said he was pronounced deceased on the scene.

“Two 9mm spent cartridges were recovered near his body. The motive for the execution-style murder could not be confirmed.”

Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala said Umhlali police officers received a complaint of an unknown male who was found at the sand mining yards in the Ballito area and proceeded to the scene.

“Upon arrival police noticed a body of an unknown man believed to be in his thirties with his hands bound behind his back, dressed in navy blue T-shirt, navy blue short pants and black takkies.

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“The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the head and body. The victim is unidentified at this stage and police are still at the scene busy with investigations.”

Meanwhile, in another shooting incident that took place on Friday, a man was shot dead while walking in Phoenix.

According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala, a case of murder has been opened for investigation at Phoenix SAPS.

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“It is alleged that today at 13:30, a 30-year-old man was walking when he was shot in a drive-by shooting by four unknown suspects at Caneside in Phoenix. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body. He was declared dead at the scene. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.”

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