24 suspects due in court for Durban taxi shooting

2015-09-18 09:07
The body of a victim of the shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank in Durban is covered with a foil sheet. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

The body of a victim of the shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank in Durban is covered with a foil sheet. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Twenty-four people are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday for their alleged involvement in Wednesday’s deadly shooting in Durban.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the men were expected to make their first appearance on Friday morning.

Three people were killed and another three injured when the alleged suspects opened fire at the Brook Street minibus taxi rank in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A commuter was among those that were killed and a suspect was seriously injured.

Police recovered 25 firearms at the scene.

KZN Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu on Wednesday said the shooting was related to the ongoing tensions between two rival minibus taxi associations.

Port Shepstone’s Zamokuhle Long Distance Taxi Association on Wednesday pointed the finger at Sonke Long Distance Taxi Association, which is reported to have close links to President Jacobe Zuma's taxi boss nephew, Mfundo Gcaba, for the shooting.

Sonke has distanced itself from the incident.

Zamokuhle took Sonke to court over disputes over routes between Durban and the South Coast.

It was reported that Zamokuhle wanted Sonke interdicted from using a major Durban taxi rank, intimidating its members and interfering with their routes. Zamokuhle was reportedly granted the interdict.

In a bid to quell the tensions, KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu reportedly obtained an urgent court interdict to prevent Sonke from invading other taxi routes.

WATCH: News24 was on the scene of Wednesday's deadly taxi rank shooting. 

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