Father, son gunned down in Cape Town taxi violence

2015-10-15 11:53

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Cape Town - Police are investigating a double murder after a taxi driver and his son were killed in Seawinds near Retreat on Thursday morning.

Spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the 59-year-old man and his 20-year-old assistant were shot and killed at the corner of St Patrick and St Stevens roads at 05:30.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” he said.

Retreat Taxi Association chairperson Basil Nagel said the driver, from Steenberg, had been collecting passengers when the shots were fired. A woman was believed to have been in the taxi at the time.

Police investigate the scene where a father and son were gunned down in Retreat, Cape Town (Supplied)

Nagel claimed the incident was related to the impounding of taxis belonging to unauthorised operators infringing on the route.

On Wednesday, around 200 people protested in Vrygrond over the impoundments and the non-issuing of taxi permits.

Nagel insisted the route was already over-saturated with five legal associations operating in the area.

He was angered by the double murder, saying the driver had been operating in the community for the past 20 years.

“I condemn this in the strongest terms,” he said.

“You don’t have the right to burn tyres or murder people when things don’t go your way. Our drivers’ and commuters’ safety should never be compromised.”

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