In the past two years, there have been at least 17 drive-by shootings in the township in which nine people have lost their lives.In the latest incident this week, Leanne Armugam, wife of Chatsworth taxi boss Duncan Armugam, and her cousin, Donovan Pillay, were victims of a drive-by shooting in Hillary.Armugam survived the second attempt on her life in two years, escaping with a bullet wound in her arm. Pillay, who was shot six times, is fighting for his life.Armugam and his family call themselves the “Dre Boys” but insist they are not part of a gang and are not connected with the Chatsworth underworld. Previous shooting victims include:
Five-year-old Dredin-Lee Armugam, who was killed in 2005;Bystander Deon Govender;
Smithy’s nightclub owner, Munsamy Gounden, who was gunned down in Croftdene, near his club, last year; and Gounden’s passenger, Nicky Pillay, who was also killed in the incident.The random shootings have now prompted a call by community leaders for the police to set up a task team to nail the culprits.
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