Two Eastern Cape taxi bosses shot dead
Two taxi bosses were gunned down last week. A 39-year-old taxi owner and Chairperson of a Taxi Association was found dead with bullet wounds at Lindile locality Mthatha on November 4, 2019, at 11pm. He 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 a separate incident, a 43-year-old taxi boss was fatally wounded after dropping off his child at a school in Port Elizabeth on November 5, 2019. At 8am, the man and his 35-year-old wife were shot by an unknown person just before they could drive off from their child’s school.
The shooter approached the vehicle and fired a shot at the driver’s side. Another unknown person also approached their car and fired more shots. Both suspects got into a waiting white VW Polo and sped off.
The taxi boss sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body and died on the scene. The wife was not injured but was taken to hospital.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) strongly condemned the two fatal shooting incidents.
The motive for both incidents is unknown. 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.