South African Indian twins have miraculous escape

November 17th, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), Nov 17 (IANS) A pair of South African twins of Indian origin had a narrow escape when the car they were travelling in was shot at, allegedly by a bodyguard of a provincial government minister.The twins Nireshan and Niveshan Munsamy, 17, were going for their classical Indian dance classes Sunday when the incident took place.

The unnamed member of the VIP Protection Unit was reportedly frustrated at not being able to overtake a small Mazda car in which the twins were among the six occupants, mostly children.

The Mazda was passing a truck on the freeway and then yielded to the vehicle which was on its way to collect social development minister Meshack Radebe.

As he passed the Mazda, the policeman allegedly leaned out of a window and shot at the tyres of the Mazda, causing the driver to lose control, veer into oncoming traffic on the other side of the freeway and crash into another vehicle.

Eight people were injured in the head-on collision, with rescue workers describing it as “a miracle” that nobody was killed.

Local police spokesman Henry Budhram said police strongly condemned the action of the guard, with the minister also disassociating himself from the incident. The minister is believed to have convinced the guard, who will now face twelve counts of attempted murder, to hand himself over to police after the incident.

Niveshan Munsamy described how the policeman had fired two shots after leaning from the window of his vehicle: “I think he missed with the first shot but the second one caused us to lose control. The car flew over the island (separating the two sides of the highway) and for a few seconds we were airborne before we landed on the other side and hit the van.”

Munsamy said all those involved were severely traumatised.

Collin Munsamy, father of the twins, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld: “It is disturbing that a member of the police force, who is supposed to protect us, almost caused the death of my children.”

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