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Taxi driver pulled over, shoots traffic cop

2012-04-20 22:06

Johannesburg - A traffic officer was wounded in a shooting at the intersection of Bruce Street and Empire Road in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Friday afternoon, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhwawe Ndou said the shooting happened when traffic police pulled over a taxi around 17:00.

"The taxi driver pulled out a gun and shot one of the officers. Immediately after the shooting, the taxi driver ran into a nearby flat," said Ndou.

Police back-up was called and the man was arrested in possession of a 9mm pistol.

The pistol had its serial number intact, but it would only become clear in the course of the investigation whether the firearm was legal.

"The motive behind the shooting is not known at this stage," he said.

Further details, including the condition of the officer, were not immediately available.

Comments
  • Msika - 2012-04-20 22:26

    He probably got 'gatfol' if him repeatedly asking for a bribe, and wanted to end it right there and then. Wish the officer a speedy recovery.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-21 08:04

      what is better Msika,refusing to pay or attempting to kill?

      sasekile - 2012-04-21 08:19

      The officer unfortunately passes on, very sad cause not all of them are bad

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-21 09:23

      Msika....YOU ...son....have a very BAD OUT LOOK ON LIFE. LIFE IS PRECIOUS..IT'S ONLY GOD THAT CAN TAKE A LIFE AND NOT A HUMAN. No matter how 'gatfol'he was ...he had no right to shoot anyone.

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:33

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer from Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in Hillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-crime?oid=5435914

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-20 23:08

    Was this cop a treat or is just the nature of taxi drivers.Was he provoked or any history btwn them?They are both wepon carriers

  • Tanie - 2012-04-20 23:11

    AO! BANNA! God end this world.

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:29

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer from Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in Hillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-crime?oid=5435914

      Jerolan - 2012-04-21 09:36

      Raj you K**T Stop spamming

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-20 23:28

    It is a matter of poor upbringing on the part of the perpetrator!

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-21 02:42

      Two wrongs don't make a right!

  • Modise - 2012-04-20 23:34

    I was there when it happened apparently the taxi driver ran into Quartz Hill flat opposite my flat

      tphomane1 - 2012-04-20 23:59

      Is the cop dead Modise ?

      Modise - 2012-04-21 00:55

      They took him to hospital I don't know if he survived

  • tphomane1 - 2012-04-20 23:48

    He had to rout in jail

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-04-20 23:50

    Mmm, there is high risk mos, in this organisation. These people they must get earn salary not this stipend they are earn...

  • nmmafutha - 2012-04-21 00:28

    How i wish guns were never made-- Um realy out of concious on how people behave.

      nmmafutha - 2012-04-21 02:51

      But Chris a stick s far much beta than strkng wth one shot nd ts all ova.. Nd t lso allows u to fght back or run rather than sinkng in deep redish dam.

      nmmafutha - 2012-04-21 02:52

      But Chris a stick s far much beta than strkng wth one shot nd ts all ova.. Nd t lso allows u to fght back or run rather than sinkng in deep redish dam.

      ArchAngel - 2012-04-21 08:15

      @nmafuta: You wish guns were never made? Why? You also wish knives were never made then? What about Winnie's Boxes of matches and tyres? Hmmmmm....????

      nmmafutha - 2012-04-21 13:33

      @ Arcangel the thngs u are refering to wernt intentionally made to tyk men off the eart, but as an aid in chopng,cookn etc Hwever now people hv taken advantag of thm through using thm as a weapon to KILL....in so sayin a gun was nly intentionally made to KILL... isnt so?

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-21 02:38

    And tgese are the bast..rds that are exzemot from paying toll fees - they rule this country and this government just biws down to their request every time and give them what thery want! That,s why we could expect to see incidents like this to happen! The taxi-drivers think that they have carte blanche in this country! The government's own fault! This is no excuse though, and some drastic re-thinking and addressing the prevention of such incidents moving forward should be done! Why do we even have a police/traffic force if the are not allowed to perform their duties, while these taxi-drivers continue to act out their barbarric ways!?

  • Lephans - 2012-04-21 03:12

    They are mongol,ruthless, brainless species,i just wish that he must be tortured so that it wil send out a clear lesson to others taxi drivers.

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:24

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer\r\nfrom Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in Hillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-crime?oid=5435914

  • Dirk - 2012-04-21 05:57

    This country is getting more like the Wild West each day... Hey Mr Prez, I thought you said the country was safe...

  • Tino Dion Chipara - 2012-04-21 06:05

    we all aware n unhappy of the taxi drivers but i wld like to know how it started to get to an extend of pulling out his arm

  • Vadyamina Jazz Maruvha - 2012-04-21 06:17

    I think he was tired of paying tjotjo cos this traffic officers take lots of tjotjos from taxi drivers ,but i don't support his act he must face the law

      Sebastian Nielsen - 2012-04-21 06:58

      This occasion it was not bribes , but a taxi was not road worthy, and taxi Driver was against it and brutally killing a man because he is doing his job!

  • Sbusiso - 2012-04-21 06:20

    Taxi drivers're rude in every city,let dis busted rot in jail,even his firearm's illegal i think cos da's nothing gud dey do instead dey always create all wrongs.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-04-21 06:23

    Bring back the death penalty!!!

      Lance - 2012-04-21 06:43

      Wilma the death penalty is in full effect..being implemented against innocent citizens and cops.

  • trevor.hluvukani - 2012-04-21 06:23

    we are sick n tired of taxi drivers behaviour.they act like heros n bosses of our road..their time is over. :-(

  • prince.ndevu - 2012-04-21 06:33

    i witnessed this with my two daughters driving to the gas station.The officer unfortunately died yesterday and the taxi driver was slightly assaulted and and arrested.i am saddened and flabaggasted about the action of the taxi driver for murdering the officer in cold blood for doing his job.i might sound like crazy but the officers should have also killed the taxi driver an eye for an eye is the unfortunate solution to this one i feel.or else we are going to bury innoccent brothers and sisters in uniform being killed by ruthless crazy above the law illiterate gangster taxi drivers who think that this country must go to the dogs they are.i say to the police officers the war has staretd and use the weapons we have given you and deadly force if neccessary to protect yourselves and society .My Sincere Condolences to the Officer's Family.

      Sebastian Nielsen - 2012-04-21 06:53

      I welcome your thought of a eye for an eye! love it!

  • thapelo.mokhutsane - 2012-04-21 06:35

    police r dying bcz of tjotjo

      buwaz - 2012-04-21 08:56

      @ thapelo the officer did wat he have to do by doin his job perfectly if he took tjotjo taxi driver wouldn't hav killed him so ur opinion it makes me wana vommit,I swear if u were there n heard wat the taxi driver said after we arrested him ul ask urself many human question

      buwaz - 2012-04-21 08:56

      @ thapelo the officer did wat he have to do by doin his job perfectly if he took tjotjo taxi driver wouldn't hav killed him so ur opinion it makes me wana vommit,I swear if u were there n heard wat the taxi driver said after we arrested him ul ask urself many human question

      Mike - 2012-04-22 07:52

      @ buwaz: please tell us

  • Prince - 2012-04-21 06:41

    south africa is decaying bcos of tjotjo n incidents like this r still gona hapen

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:14

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer from Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in Hillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/\r\nlooklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-crime?oid=5435914

  • Sebastian Nielsen - 2012-04-21 06:43

    I quote my thought of the incident,Traffic officer pulleD a taxi over as it was not road worthy condition , and the taxi was going to be taken of the road, the alleged taxi driver was against this anD shot the officer in the head, and chest and back! officer lost his life in the line of Duty. just because of it not been road worthy! Ten casings was found at the scene! TRT managed to apprehend the suspect in a building on a 5th floor, with the alleged weapon used to kill the officer! that taxi Driver should have been shot, that is my thought! then that is justice served!

      enetshifhefhe - 2012-04-21 08:54

      Wow bt da blood cum from da head nly man I saw da guy lay near car

      enetshifhefhe - 2012-04-21 08:54

      Wow bt da blood cum from da head nly man I saw da guy lay near car

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-04-21 07:26

    inforce the law and this guy must rotten in jail, Time to city of Joburg make sure the tax drivers are not the owner of the street,we have by-laws but we are not inforce the law all streets of joburg is a tax-rank because no one can inforce by-laws.

  • mbulelo.luthi - 2012-04-21 08:04

    They must torture lo taxidriver..

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-04-21 08:05

    Die regering moet n' security hek opsit en al die Taxi's moet daar deur gaan en dan moet die polisie dit deur soek vir wapens en dan moet hulle ook nog plekke op sit voor elke dorp in die RSA ons tax betaalers betaal tax so doen dit en mense se lewens sal gespaar word

  • terryhoorn - 2012-04-21 08:07

    Very said that we lost a friend and a collegue of my fiance not knowing if they would come back most importantly higher authority should remember that their lives is more in danger then ours because of the uniform its like a walking target for criminals sending my condolences to his girlfriend and child who is not even a year old. We will miss him a lot

  • gwvickers - 2012-04-21 08:12

    These taxi drivers think they are god, its about time that the police start taking serious action, even as a road user or person using public transport is not safe with these morons

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:10

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer from Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in \r\nHillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-cr\r\nime?oid=5435914

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 08:15

    After reading the very last comment, what happened makes perfect sense. Although I do not agree with the way the taxi drivers behave, I can understand why they drive the way they do. Most of the fares they earn go to the taxi boss - so the more trips/passengers they do, the quicker they can start making some money for themselves. When the cops mess with them, just for bribes, their livelihood is threatened and they react - violently. If the cops just did their jobs - properly - then the taxi drivers would not have to defend themselves.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-21 08:49

      The most important people in S.A economy! N they won't be paying E-toll 4 that traffic cops will be on their case none stop

      Raj - 2012-04-21 09:08

      ??Breaking news: Gauteng Traffic Police Officer from Eldorado Park dies after he was shot in Hillbrow. See http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lenasia/lenasia-news-crime?oid=5435914

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-21 13:10

      The drivers chose to do that job,no excuses please.

  • Andre - 2012-04-21 08:16

    Taxi drivers violate every rule and law in the book. They are a law onto themselves!

  • Johannes - 2012-04-21 08:33

    I can swear this thing of police shooting won't stop! I was there and rapidly and lucky enough,the stupid taxi driver was arrested and I'd like to say Big up to all our members who joined and the cruel,illiterate,monster was arrested,lucky him we didn't kill him!

      buwaz - 2012-04-21 08:39

      Ya he is lucky he dnt deserve to live n go to court where he wil b granted bail within a week

  • enetshifhefhe - 2012-04-21 08:39

    Eish dt tax drvr deserv spend a whole lyf in jail cs traffic is die ryt nw

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-21 08:49

    Make like the Israeli's...blow up his taxi!! Hang the driver for good measure!! AND these bastiches are exempt from e-tolling!!

      Werner Lappies Labuschagne - 2012-04-21 09:01

      i agree 100% taxis think they can do any thing. lets blow them up

  • buwaz - 2012-04-21 08:50

    Sad indeed especialy reading coments frm ppl who ddnt witness the incident,some suggest tjotjo dnt u think if the officer took the tjotjo would have been stil alive? Pure the officer did his job perfectly by removing unroadworthy taxi off d road dats what caused him his life, Thanx to all my Hillbrow TRT collegue who put their lives go get the bustard at 502 n shame to security guards of the flat who pretended to not knowing the taxi driver althou he lives there,my wish was to c him dead bt circumstances prevented.bleeding colleague

      Nadine Tun - 2013-09-07 03:35

      Sad indeed..1yr n couple of months later after the horrific killing of one of our finest cops n I ask myself ws justice served 2 the heartless murdere? A life ws tkn bt mst importantly a Father,Son,Brother n Life tym partner,,the family of Revy wil 4eva b scared,my heart goes out to hs mum 4she hs hardly moaned the death of her beloved Son propely wen early dis yr had 2lay her husband 2rest!I pray to GOD 4her well beening ONE thng bout her is she is a TRUE BELIEVER & FIGHTER a strong woman whom I respect n luk up 2...Deased left behind a widow n infant of only afew months"Has justice been served?A regular guy doin hs job gt robbed of hs life~jst shows hw corrupt our cops r coz ws murdered 4doin hs job while 90% of our cops r exceptn tjotjo even protectn n unda payrole 4these criminals huh!"My personal opinion which I strongly stand by is 4 the DEATH PENALTY 2come back n I promise u wil c a difference concernin da high crime rate coz at da moment criminals hv ntn 2fear,so use 2 in n out of prison its lyk home 2them,well aware n tkn advantage of bein incontrol inside n outside jail cells wit only a hand full reasons 2fear prison 2 of which bein raped most likely 2hpn or killed rearly hpns~Cumin back 2 the topic at hand!! Fact remains ntn,no1 nt even imprisonment of da killer wil brin back Revy,bt da leas we can do as a people is stnd 2geda\unite as 1 n continue da battle our fellow officer fought for he dead protectin hs people honourin the TRUE MEANIN of bein a cop

  • Werner Lappies Labuschagne - 2012-04-21 08:51

    take all taxis away and bring more public buses in, it will be saver.

  • Pelane - 2012-04-21 08:53

    That person should be locked up 4 attempted murder,the motive seems clear,check out the vehicle,it may not be proper for Road usage...

  • Alan - 2012-04-21 08:58

    have you noticed how quite 24.com is regarding the etoll saga ? they have been advised by sanral to not let the gauteng public have their say on this web page!!!!! BOYCOTT BOYCOTT THGE E-TOLLS AND THE E-TAGS

  • Keith - 2012-04-21 09:42

    RAJ - Give it a break!

      Raj - 2012-04-21 18:36

      Sorry Keith, I was just trying to give an update. But I agree with you.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-21 10:01

    Bring back public transport and get rid of the violent taxi drivers

      bigstanrevolver - 2012-04-21 10:41

      Are taxis not part of public transport?

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-21 11:23

      Let them go on strike you'll see!!!

  • Scallo - 2012-04-21 10:11

    Wat the taxi driver did was not allowed at all an its cruel lucky he is arrest,the generalisation about all taxi driver are bad is not true 3 weeks back a white man driving a hatchbag astra cause me a horrible accident my breaking intentionaly infront of me I try to control bt I fail it so this nonsense of some of the commenet I see here is realy painful to read,the point is wea are all in danger wen we are on the road as no1 is not perfect.can some1 tell me how many taxi's have been involved in accident during goodfriday?

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-21 10:45

    Taxi drivers are brothers as far as the ANC is concerned. So this brother has nothing to worry about. Wonder what he was doing with a gun in the first place?.

  • Thulani Masilela - 2012-04-21 12:39

    Law breakers must never walk free. The taxi driver must suffer the pain of shooting someone else. He must rot in jail, as guns are not toys.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-21 13:12

    These combi taxis need to be put in their place and that is easy to do......there are many ways to skin a cat.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-21 14:39

    On my way to work the other morning. Two taxi drivers stopped in the middle of the road and were pointing guns at each other. The old lady in front of me just sat there. I jumped out my car and told her to f@#kin drive. I think she was more shocked by my outburst. Is this what's its coming too.

  • Saamprater - 2012-04-22 15:30

    Now the cops know what we road users have to contend with every day while you Metros do nothing. Small sins become unstoppable if not curbed as they happen

  • Reubenette - 2012-04-23 09:13

    ya ne are we safe with these drivers and this type of behaviour from taxi driver because of one all get a name and all arent guilty hey its said what happened as we know the COP involved and we hope and pray that justice takes place on that low life driver mxm

  • Reubenette - 2012-04-23 09:16

    and guys he didnt service we might just be barrying him on saturday

  • ekuthuleni - 2012-04-24 13:54

    what a piece of trash, he deserves to die....the bloody dog

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