- An iPhone came to the owner of Max's Lifestyle, Max Mqadi's rescue after he was allegedly shot on Thursday
- The alleged assassination attempt happened outside Mqadi's establishment after he had gotten into his car
- South Africans have rushed to social media to react to the daring incident and the phone at the centre of it all
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An iPhone 12 is responsible for stopping the bullet that was intended to kill Max Mqadi, the owner of the popular shisanyama restaurant Max's Lifestyle in Umlazi, Durban.
The incident happened on Thursday when Mqadi was attacked by unknown assailants after he had closed shop and had been driving.
According to the police, the 51-year-old entrepreneur was on a phone call at the time of the incident and has since been hospitalised.
Max Mqadi gains tons of support from locals after being shot: "Kanti what's going on in this country"
Mzansi social media has been abuzz since the story unfolded. Briefly News understands an iPhone is now at the centre of the restaurant owner managing to dodge a bullet following the harrowing ordeal.
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A Twitter user, @sthabiso_za, shared images of the mobile device, stating that Mqadi would've been within inches of his life if not for the phone.
The tweet read:
"Apparently, Max Mqadi was saved by his phone. Sikufisela ukululama ngokukhulu ukushesha (We wish you a speedy recovery), brother."
The tweet attracted over 8 000 likes, close to 3 000 retweets, and nearly 400 comments as Saffas reacted to the disturbing incident.
Shock ripples across the socials
Briefly News took a deep dive into the comments to bring readers all the loud reactions.
"That's bullsh*t, God saved his life not stupid iPhone."
"That's probably an iPhone. Heard it saved another guy. Apparently, when his smart watch recorded [an] unusual heartbeat, it automatically connected with the phone, so the phone sent an SOS to one of the family members and emergency numbers. I was impressed."
"How much is [the] iPhone 12, I need a bigger one."
Max Mqadi gains tons of support from locals after being shot
In a recently published news story, Briefly News reported that Mqadi has been hospitalised after being shot on Thursday evening.
Police revealed that Mqadi was attacked by anonymous gunmen while leaving the restaurant. Details surrounding the incident are sketchy, but it is alleged that Mqadi was shot numerous times as he left the Umlazi V section establishment.
SAPS Spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker stated that Mqadi managed to drive to safety in Florida Road before seeking assistance.
Naicker revealed that Mqadi was transported to a nearby hospital and that he is currently in stable condition. #MaxMqadi has been trending on social media since news broke of the incident.
According to The Witness, Umlazi police are currently probing a case of attempted murder. Mqadi is known as a local hero as he worked hard to turn a little butchery into one of Mzansi's most popular restaurants and tourist attractions.
Source: Briefly News