Mpumalanga: murdered Taxi owner buried

2011-07-19 00:00

FORMER Mkhonto weSizwe operative and Mpumalanga taxi owner Mhlonishwa Ngubane, who was gunned down last Wednesday, was buried on Saturday.

There have been two previous attempts to kill Ngubane, linked to ongoing taxi violence in the Mpumalanga area.

In an interview with The Witness on Sunday a close friend of Ngubane, taxi owner Bongani Khoza, said the violence is caused by a known member of the Mpumalanga Taxi Owners’ Association.

He said Ngubane was ambushed in his car. One of his two passengers was also killed.

Khoza said Ngubane’s twin brother, Bongani, was shot dead in July 2008 and the suspects were arrested. One suspect confessed to being hired to kill him and the court case is continuing.

Khoza’s own brother was also victim, and Khoza and Ngubane were critically injured in another shooting.

“The taxi industry needs to be transformed and we can’t have warlords disrupting that process,” said Khoza.

Speaking at the funeral, Social Development MEC Meshack Radebe said that unless there is peace and calm in the area Mpumalanga will suffer a lack of development, and that it is up to community members to sort things out.

Radebe said the violence has claimed the lives of more than 50 Mpumalanga taxi officials to date.

“The problem is the bringing in of outsiders to chair the area taxi association, people with no interest in the Mpumalanga area or its people.”

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said there is no conclusive evidence that the shooting has anything to do with taxi violence.

He said two suspects were arrested and investigations are ongoing.

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