Second taxi owner killed

2016-04-27 06:00
According to IPSS Medical Rescue, Sithole sustained multiple gunshot wounds – while driving a red Mitsubishi – and was declared dead on scene due to his extensive injuries. Photo: IPSS MEDICAL RESCUE

According to IPSS Medical Rescue, Sithole sustained multiple gunshot wounds – while driving a red Mitsubishi – and was declared dead on scene due to his extensive injuries. Photo: IPSS MEDICAL RESCUE

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A TAXI owner, who is a member of the KwaMaphumulo Taxi Association, Sibusiso Sithole (42) – whose last name is also known as Sokhela – was fatally gunned down last Wednesday evening on Townview Road.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage and that no arrests have been made as yet.

“We cannot confirm whether the incident is related to taxi violence or not since the matter is still under investigation,” he said.

However, according to a statement issued by the minister of KZN Department of Transport Willies Mchunu the case is now being investigated by the Police Taxi Violence Task team.

A well-placed source said that after the deadly attack police officers found a vehicle that had been set alight on the R74 which is the same make as the one believed to have been used by the alleged shooters when fleeing the scene. However, officers have not been able to confirm whether the torched vehicle was the one used by the suspects.

A member of the KwaMaphumulo Taxi Association Sipho ‘Magic’ Thusi said that Sithole’s murder is not linked to the recent killing of a member of the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association Devendran ‘Dan’ Maharaj.

He said the two associations have no business, qualms or unresolved issues which may have led to Sithole’s murder.

Mchunu reacted with shock and condemned Sithole’s “brutal killing” and called for calm and restraint. He urged members of the public with information regarding the incident to work with the police.

Furthermore, he appealed to those concerned to avoid speculating about the motive behind the shooting.

Mchunu said the KwaMaphumulo and KwaDukuza associations have been receiving attention from the department following years of a standing feud.

“Currently, the department is busy with the regulations of all legal operators in the area and is in the process of facilitating the issuing of operating licences following all due processes required by the law.”

Regulating legal operators and working with the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) leadership to address conflict in various associations is, he said, part of the department’s strategy aimed at stabilising the taxi industry.

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