Fourth taxi hit suspected

2014-11-07 00:00

YET another taxi-related killing has rocked the Durban taxi industry.

Mystery surrounds the murder of two men found dead in a locked vehicle belonging to Sydenham taxi boss Philip Napier yesterday.

Police are investigating two murder cases after a taxi driver and his friend were found dead, shot execution style, in Napier’s white VW Polo parked on the M13 on-ramp.

Napier, positively identified the taxi driver, but refused to comment.

Police have not released the names of the two men saying their next of kin had not been notified.

The bodies were discovered around 5.30 am by a passer-by who saw the stationary vehicle and, on further investigation, discovered the two lifeless bodies and alerted police.

Police arrived around 6 am together with ER24 paramedics and the search and rescue team.

A source at the scene said, “Initially, we were going to break into the car, but managed to trace the owner of the car who brought the spare key and positively identified the passenger as his taxi driver.”

“He told us he lent him the car and didn’t realise he hadn’t come back,” said the source.

The driver sustained a gun-shot wound to the back of the head and his body was lying on his seat, which was pulled back.

The passenger sustained a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

He was in an upright position with his head slumped.

The man wearing a red T-shirt and shorts was found with a matchstick between his lips.

Although the investigations were at an early stage, police sources believed the men were murdered elsewhere and their bodies placed in the abandoned vehicle.

“Nothing was taken from the car so we think the incident may have happened overnight,” said a police source.

Although unrelated, this is the fourth shooting incident with links to the local taxi industry in just over a week.

Mzikayifani Ngema, a taxi owner in Wyebank, was shot dead at his house on Sunday.

The N2 freeway was locked down in Durban near Queen Nandi Drive last week Thursday after what is believed to be an arranged killing which left Eunice Mkhwanazi shot dead and her husband, Inanda Taxi Association member Nathi Mkhwanazi, wounded.

On the previous Monday, Inanda Taxi Association deputy chairperson Falakhe Maphumulo was gunned down on the M25 KwaMashu Highway.

Police were unable to confirm whether these killings were linked as “the cases are still under investigation”.

There have been no arrests.

Sifiso Mthethwa from the Greater Northern Region Taxi Association said each association had its own tensions. “Sometimes there are internal squabbles and people end up killing each other. But every association is different and they don’t have the same problems.”


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