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Brit driver shot in head in front of terrified family including BABY after taking wrong turn from South African airport

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A BRITISH doctor was killed by a single gunshot to the head in Cape Town after taking a wrong turn from the airport and driving into a riot.

The 40-year-old man was with family members – including a baby – when he was gunned down in Nyanga, a township near Cape Town International Airport.

The Brit took a wrong turn and drove into a violent riot near Cape Town airport

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The Brit took a wrong turn and drove into a violent riot near Cape Town airportCredit: Reuters
Protests erupted over new laws for taxi drivers in Cape Town

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Protests erupted over new laws for taxi drivers in Cape TownCredit: Reuters

Street clashes sparked by a week-long taxi drivers strike had erupted in the area and the Brit is understood to have been killed when he stopped his car.

Three passengers in the car – including a small child – witnessed the horror and were taken to hospital for treatment for severe trauma.

A police spokesman said: “The deceased was seated in the driver seat with a gunshot wound to the head.

“Two passengers in shock and an infant were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.”

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Lirandzu Themba, the spokeswoman for the police minister, said: “The 40-year-old doctor was driving with two other persons in the vehicle.

“From the airport he apparently took a wrong turn off on Thursday evening and headed towards Nyanga.

“In Ntlangano Crescent a number of suspects approached his vehicle, shot and killed him. No arrests yet.”

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed it was supporting the man’s family and speaking to local authorities.

He was understood to be a British-Chinese national.

The Brit is among five people who have been killed in the last week after a taxi driver strike turned violent.

Negotiations between taxi unions and the government broke down on Monday – leading to strike action by the South African National Taxi Council.

At least 120 people have been arrested in the violence.

The Foreign Office issued a warning to Brits travelling to South Africa on Wednesday – urging travellers to stick to major routes and avoid the riots.

“There are currently minicab taxi strikes in the Cape Town area,” it said.

“These strikes have the potential to turn violent and may impact multiple areas including journeys to and from the airport.

“Check for any disruption on your route before travelling, avoid violent protests and try to stick to major routes.”

Protests erupted after a law was introduced giving the authorities the power to impound taxi driver’s vehicles for driving without a licence, or registration plates.

Cops started impounding vehicles last week – sparking violence as protesters torched buses and cars and pelted the police with stones.

The office of the City of Cape Town said the riots had hit commuters leaving people stranded due to attacks on public transport.

Police minister Bheki Cele said: “The investigations into the five murders, attempted murders, public violence, arson, armed robberies, carjacking and malicious damage to property continue.”

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Cape Town city mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said: “In Cape Town, violence will never be tolerated as a negotiating tactic.”

Nyanga is one of the most dangerous places in South Africa.


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