The founder and owner of Max’s Lifestyle Village in Umlazi, Max Mqadi, was shot by two suspects who came up to his car. Upon sustaining the gunshot injuries, he managed to drive himself to Florida Road in Morningside.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele the shooting happened Thursday evening at approximately 18:55.
“He had climbed into his white Mercedes and was about to enter and turn left into Sibusiso Madekane Road, when an unknown male suspect crossed the road and approached towards the left side from his vehicle and opened fire on him with 9mm firearm. Another male suspect approached from his right side.
“The suspect that came from across the road, fired a number of shots at him, injuring only his arm and leg.”
Mbele said he immediately drove off and arrived at Florida Road, Morningside, where he received ambulance assistance and was rushed to Umhlanga hospital.
He is in stable condition.
“Bullets damaged Mqadi Mercedes drivers window, passenger window, and the door. At the shooting scene, seven cartridges were picked up.”
She said CCTV footage was viewed, and both suspects had caps and masks on.
No arrests and motives are unknown as yet. Docket still to be registered.
Mqadi is a celebrated businessman, who turned his small butchery spot in Umlazi into one of Durban’s most vibrant shisanyama establishments.
“It is with a sense of relief that we wish to confirm that the founder and owner of Max’s Lifestyle Village, Max Mqadi, survived an attempt on his life last night.
Mqadi was shot at close range by unknown gunmen as he was leaving our globally renowned restaurant in Umlazi.
However, mercifully the owner of the world-class restaurant, which was voted as one of the best restaurants in the world in 2016, survived the attack and is recuperating.
“We wish to take this opportunity to relay our heartfelt gratitude to all South Africans and the global community who have expressed messages of support to Mr. Mqadi. We also urge all the well wishes to continue to pray for his speedy recovery. “