National Investigation Unit arrests Bashir attackers

Pretoria – The South African Police Service National Investigation Unit (NINU) has arrested the alleged attackers of Mr Shaghani Bashir.

On 23 February this year at approximately 8:30pm Mr Bashir was travelling in a taxi to Houghton, Johannesburg when four men travelling in another sedan cornered them off at Athol Oakland Road. The four 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 Mr Bashir before fleeing from the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The National Investigation Unit was tasked with the investigation as speculation, particularly in the media, was rife that the shooting of Mr Bashir was a “hit”. However, it has emerged that the motive had been robbery after the team arrested two suspects aged 32 and 35 years on Friday in Ivory Park in Thembisa.

Both men are in police custody and they are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates court on Monday, 14 May 2018 on charges of at least attempted murder and armed robbery.

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

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