Protests in South Africa's Durban after 9-year-old girl of Indian-origin killed in botched carjacking

A nine-year-old Indian-origin girl was killed after being shot during a botched carjacking in South Africa.

PTI May 29, 2018 15:30:07 IST
Protests in South Africa's Durban after 9-year-old girl of Indian-origin killed in botched carjacking

Johannesburg: A nine-year-old Indian-origin girl was killed after being shot during a botched carjacking in South Africa, outraging the community members and sparking angry protests in Durban.

Protests in South Africas Durban after 9yearold girl of Indianorigin killed in botched carjacking

Representational image. Reuters

Sadia Sukhraj, a grade four student from Chatsworth, was on her way to school with her father on Monday when three armed men allegedly accosted their car.

They allegedly forced her father out of the car and sped away with her.

In an ensuing chase, the carjackers and community members shot at each other. The suspects later crashed the car near a park.

The girl was found shot and critically injured while one of the suspects tumbled out of the car dead.

Sadia was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

The second carjacker was arrested by an off-duty policeman, while the third suspect remains at large.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed that one of the hijackers was killed.

Following the incident, more than 3,000 members of the community gathered outside Chatsworth police station demanding swift police action. Chatsworth is an Indian township in Durban.

As the small contingent of officers at the police station allegedly came under severe verbal abuse and threats of physical action from protestors, they resorted to firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades to disperse the crowd, which included scores of children.

Mahendra Lillkan, chairperson of the local Crime Forum, said there had been a spike in crime in the area despite community patrols at night.

"It seems that the criminals have now resorted to striking at soft targets, such as parents taking their children to school, as we have seen with this tragic incident."

Police and community leaders have appealed for calm amid fears that the protests would escalate as the distraught family prepared for the funeral.

Tributes for the little girl have poured in on social media as news of her shooting went viral.

Updated Date:

also read

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Colombo, Full Cricket Score: Proteas win by 28 runs
First Cricket News

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Colombo, Full Cricket Score: Proteas win by 28 runs

Follow live score and updates from the first T20I between Sri Lanka and South Africa on our blog

Du Plessis, Morris, Tahir miss out as South Africa announce ICC T20 World Cup squad
First Cricket News

Du Plessis, Morris, Tahir miss out as South Africa announce ICC T20 World Cup squad

Temba Bavuma will lead a 15-man squad which CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said was "a new group of players, with new heroes to be made."

Sri Lanka vs South Africa: All-round Proteas clinch T20I series in style with nine-wicket victory
First Cricket News

Sri Lanka vs South Africa: All-round Proteas clinch T20I series in style with nine-wicket victory

Shamsi and Markram took three wickets each to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 103, a total the tourists chased down in 14.1 overs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Colombo.