Meter-taxi driver killed and robbed in Copesville

2010-10-11 00:00

THE murder of a Pietermaritzburg meter-taxi driver on Friday night, apparently in an attempted hijacking, further illustrates the fact that theymeter-taxi drivers have increasingly become “soft” targets for criminals.

Naresh Cara, a 52-year-old Northdale man, was brutally assaulted and killed in the Copesville area by several men in only his fifth day on the job.

It is believed that the men were posing as customers.

Cara sustained various injuries, including a broken neck and a wound below the eye.

He picked up the men from the CBD and drove to Copesville. There the men assaulted him and fled with about R260 in cash and a cellphone.

The vehicle was recovered about three kilometres from Copesville by Netstar tracking at 3am on Saturday.

Kesevan Pillay of Arrive Alive taxis told The Witness yesterday that Cara was an experienced driver who had joined the company only five days before the incident.

“I feel so miserable about this incident. He had been asking me employ him for a few months before this. He recently got his PDP [professional driving permit] and he had just collected his first pay cheque,” Pillay said.

He added that these incidents have become relatively commonplace in the industry.

“He picked up [the men] in the CBD. Later, we heard him over the [CB] radio shouting that they were robbing him in Copesville. He also shouted at them to give him the keys.”

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Wiles at 033 387 9622 or 079 500 1306.

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