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Mchunu condemns taxi boss killing

2012-07-18 19:44

Johannesburg - The killing of a taxi boss in KwaDukuza (Stanger) was condemned by KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu on Wednesday.

"Violence and intimidation will not be tolerated in the industry and police will work tirelessly to find [the] perpetrators of the recent shootings," Mchunu said in a statement.

His office said a member of the executive committee of the Maphumulo Taxi Association had recently been shot and wounded.

The 49-year-old man shot dead outside his home on Tuesday was a former chairperson of the Stanger Taxi Association, but it was unclear whether the two crimes were linked.

Police were not able to confirm the Maphumulo shooting immediately.

Mchunu conveyed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

"While the department is busy with the processes to unite and normalise operation[s] in the industry, we would like to appeal to the community to remain calm and not take [the] law into their [own] hands."

Earlier, Captain Thulani Zwane said the man was shot dead at the gate of his house while sitting in his car.

The man's family heard gunshots and found him dead in his vehicle. The man could not be named as police were still investigating.

The motive for the killing was not known at this stage and no arrests had been made.