Three arrested after girl shot dead at taxi rank

2015-07-19 18:16
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Johannesburg - Three people have been arrested following the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl at a taxi rank in Alexandra, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Madikwa Mamabolo, 11, was caught in the crossfire when a minibus driver and a queue marshal began arguing and shooting at one another, at the Pan African taxi rank around 15:00 on Friday, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

Mokgadi Langa, 16, and Gabriel Tshwene, 18, were wounded. The three arrested would appear in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

They were among 479 people arrested in the province in the last few days. The others included a 63-year-old man accused of killing of his daughter in Katlehong, and four men linked to taxi violence in Olifantsfontein and Woodmead.

“In Katlehong an elderly man was arrested for the murder of his daughter. He will be charged with shooting her with a licensed firearm. It is suspected that the argument was over his daughter’s boyfriend. She died at the scene,” Dlamini said.

He would appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The taxi violence task team arrested four people and seized two 9mm pistols and a revolver. Three of them were caught following the assault and attempted robbery of a queue marshal at a taxi rank in Olifantsfontein.

The fourth person was arrested in connection with a shooting in Woodmead.

In Brakpan, a 43 year-old man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife. Police confiscated his .303 rifle and a shotgun. He did not have a licence for one of them. He was expected to appear in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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