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Taxi driver shot 5 times by passenger

2012-06-18 09:47

Cape Town - A minibus taxi driver was shot and killed in Bellville, Cape Town, after apparently refusing to drop off a passenger at a certain point, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that George Green, 53, was shot five times in the back on the corner of Belrail and Oos roads around 10:00 on Sunday.

Warrant Officer November Filander said one of the passengers asked to be dropped off at the intersection but Green was reluctant as it was not a designated area.

Green eventually pulled over and was then shot in the back by the man, who fled the scene.

No arrests had been made.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-06-18 09:51

    When I have to walk an extra 50 meters, I have to kill you.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-06-18 10:48

      Tony, I belief that this is part of the long turning the blind eye on the taxi industry by government. The fact that taxis usually stop wherever they want to may have created the idea that they are supposed to stop wherever they are requested to. It is great that there is at least a street with a designated stopping area in Cape Town. In JHB it is anywhere in Beyers Naude or Jan Smuts or Empire or whatever street. I think this whole problem could have been averted if the MPDs do police the stopping of taxis actively - then that passenger would have had it imprinted in his mind that this taxi and all others stop where they are allowed to. I guess this is another one Sbu has to take, fortunately he has been removed, but he did nothing under his tenure to address public transport except to introduce toll fees in Gauteng.

      Lungi - 2012-06-18 15:17

      You guys have never been in a Taxi, this conversation could have been fueled into an argument by the taxi driver's response to the passenger's request. I am not saying that is what happened here, but, Taxi drivers are not known for their respect and curtesy to their customers.

      Rob - 2012-06-18 16:28

      @ Lungi...So it's shoot, stab, maim & kill, kill, kill ! It appears the days of a good old fashioned klap are over. No matter what, there is no excuse to shoot the guy.

      Lungi - 2012-06-18 16:53

      @Rob, I concede it is inexcusable, I was just pointing out the unlikelihood that the Taxi driver was just following the rules of the road and he explained this properly to the paying customer.

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 09:56

    Damn! A taxi driver that wanted to do the right thing. Dont see that often. Pitty the good ones have to be killed / injured.

      Sharon - 2012-06-18 16:12

      he is dead,we will never know his side of the story so how do they know he wanted to do the right thing.

  • gia.ellis.5 - 2012-06-18 09:59

    I hope now other road users understand that it is not always the taxi driver in wrong, but the passanger

      Ally - 2012-06-18 10:27

      If the majority of taxi drivers were not such a lawless bunch, the passengers would be more reasonable in their requests. Arrogance breeds reaction and more arrogance. Lawlessness breeds contempt and more lawlessness.

      wesleywt - 2012-06-18 11:27

      The murderer is a psychopath, probably killed before. I hope it was caught on CCTV.

      ian.golombick - 2012-06-18 13:00

      Not always but mostly.

      Sharon - 2012-06-18 16:13

      maybe the passenger tried to reason with the driver and was ignored so he then explained to him nicely with 5 shots to stop

  • Phepishi - 2012-06-18 10:12

    Since when do taxis have a stop.

      Sharon - 2012-06-18 16:14

      when you shoot the driver

  • gvangreunen - 2012-06-18 10:17

    OK ... maybe I'll be slightly more understanding the next time on of these idiots slams on anchors in front of me to offload a passenger!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-18 10:17

    I have personally witnessed the savagery of taxi drivers. It is very difficult to feel sorry for taxi drivers that are victims. There is that old saying about living by the sword and dying by the sword. Let's just hope that this awakens taxi drivers to the fact that they are not infallible. Just because they can intimidate the government and metro poilce into submission does not mean that everyone falls for their scare tactics.

      Ally - 2012-06-18 10:29

      Amen to that.

      themba.ntuli - 2012-06-18 11:12

      in other words you are saying the victim's death is just because he was a taximan? the same thoughts that rang on the assailants mind before executing the poor victim. i am appauled by the comments here because i was raised by a taxidriver at ounce, since all you rich b*s#ards have no feelings of what ever for the underclasses i understand. but one day god will punish you for this as he did to sodom....continue with your rich background views concerning the lower classes, someone is watching u :-)

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 11:43

      Themba, so you think it is only rich people speaking here?.

      themba.ntuli - 2012-06-18 12:02

      no, rich in my context designate the south african working middle class who owns a car,don't use public transport. not the upper class who earn more than 1000k a year.

      Smilification@ZUMA'SPEAR.COM - 2012-06-18 12:31

      Themba, you are making a fool of yourself. Taxi driver often are the ones committing murder and such.... Vernon is just stereotyping. We all know not every taxi driver is a savage... so don't take offense and go insane on this forum.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-18 15:46

      Themba, you need to remember that the taxi industry as a whole does not cover itself in glory. There were reported incidents of girls being fondled and having their clothes removed by taxi drivers. They deliberately grid-lock intersections and drive like maniacs - all the while playing on the fear of other motorists. Let's not forget the school kids who get killed because of their negligence. Of course they are human and generally family men. But that does not detract from our perception of them as a whole. We do not celebrate the death of a taxi driver, but we tend to look at that death in the context of how they usually portray themselves to others. And yes, they have to take some responsibility when incidences such as these are reported. For example, when we hear of a young BMW driver involved in an accident, are our first thoughts not that he must have been speeding? Similar situation, yes?

  • Sagin - 2012-06-18 10:20

    life is cheap here in S.A

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-18 10:25

    Thats Cape town for u, too much gangstars with unlicensed guns, almost everyone in Cape is carring a weapon with them, u make a misatke they attack u mxm boring

      Spear - 2012-06-18 11:10

      You don't even live in CT, it's far safer than any other province mxm!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-18 10:25

    Bring back the bus system like we had in the 1st world South Africa, then all this ANC made crap is something of the past.

      Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-06-18 11:09

      really?

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-06-18 10:31

    I have suffered dearly in the hands of taxi drivers now paying debts because of them then I feel nothing as they have driven me out of the road,knocked my car,openned windows in winter,refusing to take me to my destination. I fell nothing but condolences to the family because they are not part

  • Genesistt - 2012-06-18 10:58

    What the hell is wrong with people these days?! My God!

  • tom.khoza.3 - 2012-07-28 10:27

    The ine time a taxi driver decides to follow the rules and this is what happens...unfreakinbelievable

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-13 15:52

    Nothing justifies this kind of violence!

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