Two taxi bosses shot dead in Muden conflict

2009-01-20 00:00

TWO taxi bosses were gunned down in separate incidents in the Muden industrial area yesterday afternoon.

Police believe the murders are related to the ongoing taxi conflicts in the area.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said police first received information of a shooting around 3.30 pm.

The body of a taxi owner was found in his car with several gun wounds.

The taxi owner has been identified as Mfiswa Ngobese.

It is alleged that the shooting occurred when Ngobese, who was about 55, was driving near Muden’s shopping centre, which is near Greytown.

Armed men driving in a silver-grey Mercedes Benz opened fire, fatally wounding him.

A vehicle meeting this description was found abandoned in a plantation in the Greytown Merthley area.

However, no vehicles have been confirmed as stolen at this stage.

A short while later, police responded to a similar call, between Greytown and Muden Road, 10 km away from Muden.

Another taxi owner was found dead with gun wounds to the head and body.

The deceased has been identified as Mdu Dladla, who is about 30.

It is believed that Dladla was driving his taxi when the gunmen fired shots at him.

They fled in an unknown vehicle.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Inspector F.C. Dlamini of the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit at 033 845 2535 or 082 376 2508.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stop at 08600 1011.

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