The South African Police Service (SAPS) strongly condemns the two separate fatal shooting incidents involving taxi industry bosses that had taken place within the past 24 hours in Mthatha and Port Elizabeth respectively.
It is alleged that the 39 year old taxi owner and Chairperson one of the Taxi Associations was found dead with bullet wounds at Lindile locality, Mthatha on 4 November 2019, at about 23:00. The deceased was on his way home when he was shot by unknown assailants. He managed to flee from his vehicle to a nearby house where he succumbed to his injuries.
In another incident, a 43 year old taxi boss was fatally wounded after dropping off his child at a school in Mimosa Road in Fairview on the morning of 5 November 2019. It is alleged that at about 08:00, the 35 year old wife walked their child into the school. Upon returning to the vehicle where the husband was waiting, just before they could drive off, an unknown person approached the vehicle and fired a shot through the driver’s side. Another unknown person also approached and fired more shots. Both suspects got into a waiting white VW Polo and sped off.
The man sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body and died on the scene. The wife was not injured but was taken to hospital.
The motive for both incidents is unknown and police will not speculate. No arrests have been made as yet in both incidents.
“We committed ourselves to uproot taxi violence and to arrest those in the taxi industry who have no regard for law and order,” said the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga.
Anyone who can assist the police investigation with any information can contact Capt Xolile Mdepa on 082 301 8754 (Mthatha incident) or Lt Col Willy Mayi on 082 697 5914 / 071 059 0005 (Port Elizabeth incident).
Information can be shared on SAPS Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or any nearest police station. All information will be treated with strictest confidence. Callers can also remain anonymous should they wish to.
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