2 gun down controversial taxi boss in tavern

2010-05-15 13:27

A controversial taxi boss of New Brighton near Port Elizabeth was

shot dead in a tavern.

The police’s Brigadier Marinda Mills said Melikeli Hani (47), was

in the Sevens Tavern in Nibe Street, New Brighton, around 11pm last night when

two armed men walked into the place.

They approached Hani from different sides and both opened fire,

hitting him several times. Hani was killed instantly.

Mills said after the shooting, the two men left the tavern, but one

of them was accidentally wounded during the shooting.

His partner helped him to exit the tavern, but just outside the

door he shot the wounded man in the head, killing him. He left the body at the

premises while he escaped.

Mills said it was not clear why he had shot his fellow


Six other people were injured in the shooting and were taken to the

Livingstone hospital for treatment. Mills did not have information about the

severity of their injuries.

Police recovered two .38 revolvers at the scene. One has already

been linked to a robbery in Cape Town. The other’s serial number was filed off

and police were still trying to find out if it had previously been used to

commit a crime.

Twenty-one spent 9mm cartridges were also found at the scene.

Mills said Hani was the chairman of the Border Alliance Taxi

Association (BATA) and was on the forefront of taxi strikes against the Bus

Rapid Transit system.

Police were investigating several cases against him, including one

of attempted murder.

He had previously been accused of murder but the case was withdrawn

due to a lack of evidence.

Mills said the police’s specialised investigation unit, the Hawks,

was investigating Hani’s murder.

Police were also monitoring the situation in the New Brighton



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