The Asmal family of Morningside is still grieving the death of Shaber Asmal (52) who was shot outside the Sparks Road Mosque on Monday, 16 January 2011 at 9pm.
Shortly thereafter a high speed chase between police and the suspects resulted in the taxi crashing into three vehicles and a truck in Umgeni Road.
Police spokesperson, Captain Thulani Zwane said that three males allegedly attempted to hijack Asmal (52) of his vehicle.
"One of the suspects shot him in the head and he later died in Nu Shifa Hospital. No arrests were made at this stage," he said. According to bystanders at the scene, it is alleged that the suspects were fleeing from Essendene Road where they attempted to commit a robbery.
The suspects were disturbed and allegedly jumped over the wall and into the mosque property.
It is alleged that they ran through the parking lot where they attacked Asmal, who was walking towards his car. Asmal was shot once in the head. It is alleged that the suspects fled on foot and got into a mini bus taxi. Bystanders claimed that police chased after the taxi, but along Alpine Road the taxi swerved and pushed the police vehicle into a light pole at the intersection of Umgeni and Alpine Road.
The taxi subsequently lost control and collided into three stationery vehicles at the Intersite and Umgeni Road intersection.
The taxi struck the robot and barriers before coming to a halt in the middle of Intersite Avenue. Onlookers claimed that police allegedly found a firearm in the taxi.
Worshippers outside the mosque were stunned at the incident and questioned whether it is safe to pray without the fear of being robbed. Worshippers called for an increase in policing outside all religious institutes.
Captain Zwane said that charges of murder and attempted car hijacking are being investigated by Sydenham SAP.