A 35-year-old Bulawayo man allegedly ducked two bullets directed at him at close range by a rival in a fight over a piece of land in Inyathi.
Mr Justice Vundla (35) has reported a case of attempted murder to the police against Duncan Xolani Hadebe (35) of Hillside Bulawayo.
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Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda said investigations are underway and Hadebe has not been arrested.
Police also want to establish if the rifle used is properly registered and has not been used for criminal activities before. Said Insp Banda:
I can confirm that on 31 July 2021, around 5 pm, a report of attempted murder was received at ZRP Inyathi to the effect that Hadebe pointed a gun, pulled the trigger and shot twice towards Mr Vundla but missed him.
Mr Vundla escaped from the scene and fled before a group of community members that was at the scene disarmed Hadebe.
Reports say Vundla and Hadebe have a long-standing dispute over a piece of land which both of them were mistakenly allocated.
Hadebe allegedly phoned Vudla about the piece of land, the two met and a misunderstanding ensued leading to Hadebe pointing a rifle at his rival and fired two shots at him but missed.
Mr Vundla escaped before members of the public led by Mr Nkosilathi Sibanda (35) of Nduna Farm, Inyathi, intervened and disarmed Hadebe. They handed the rifle to the police. Inspector Banda said:
Hadebe then proceeded to ZRP Queenspark in Bulawayo where he reported that he had been disarmed by a mob.
The rifle’s magazine was empty with no round of ammunition and police who attended the scene could not recover any cartridge.
Police appealed to members of the public to engage third parties if they can’t resolve their issues on their own instead of resorting to violence.
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