Taxi operator shot dead in Durban

2013-04-04 18:32
Johannesburg - A KwaZulu-Natal taxi operator has been shot dead while driving home in Isipingo, Durban, police said on Thursday.

The 38-year-old man was attacked on Prospecton Road by people who had been following him, police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said.

Philakufanele Langa was shot several times and died at the scene on Wednesday between 18:30 and 19:00.

A taxi violence task team had been assigned to investigate.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu said the killing could be related to a taxi dispute.

"I am deeply disappointed at the death. As a department we had talks with the Folweni association to discuss ways of resolving the ongoing taxi dispute," he said.

"This incident is a total disregard of our collective intensive efforts with the taxi industry of eradicating violence that has tainted this industry."

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