‘More questions than answers’ in murder of Cape Town tow truck driver

2016-06-06 19:42
Markings on Thomas Dias's vehicle showing where it had been shot at. (Photo supplied)

Markings on Thomas Dias's vehicle showing where it had been shot at. (Photo supplied)

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Cape Town- An off-duty tow truck driver was shot dead, and his fiancée critically injured, while buying food in Atlantis at the weekend.

"Shocked and devastated" Cape Road Assist general manager, Danie Antill, said they were still trying to work out why their driver Thomas Dias, 26, was killed early on Sunday.

Dias and his fiancée were apparently sitting in their tow truck at the time, waiting for his sister to get food from the shop, Antill told News24 on Monday.

He did not believe the killing was linked to any so-called turf war in the industry.

"If you follow the news, there is harmony between towing operators. There were no threats, there is good co-operation.

"For us, it is just a senseless, random act of violence," he said.

Dias, his younger brother, and 67-year-old father all worked for the company.

His tow truck was apparently riddled with bullet holes.

Antill believed his driver's fiancée was shot in the stomach and that she was in ICU.

"If you look at the severity of the incident, there are more questions than answers at this stage," said Antill.

Police apparently told the company that they were following a few leads.

Western Cape police confirmed that they were investigating the shooting, which took place on Mamre’s main road, shortly after 01:00 on Sunday.

No one had yet been arrested for the murder and attempted murder, said Captain FC van Wyk.

Atlantis was known for its gangsters and violence, said Antill, but he believed Dias was a "clean-living guy".

"We are devastated. These guys are not all angels, but they work hard and try put food on the table."

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