Woman killed by stray bullet in taxi battle

2013-10-29 00:00

SUSPECTED taxi association feuds in and around the province have now taken a turn for the worst. An Ntuzuma woman standing at her home was hit by a stray bullet and two commuters were wounded. Two security guards were also hurt.

According to a statement by the KZN Department of Transport, shooting broke out between two security guards from the Pisang and Ntuzuma Taxi Associations at New Road.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown. About 20 R5 rifle cartridges were found on the scene, and 14 firearms were confiscated from both security companies and sent for ballistic testing. No arrests have been made yet.

The five people wounded during the shooting were all taken to hospital for treatment.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu has expressed concern over the incident saying: “The public transport industry is engulfed with these security companies and many reports have revealed that every time there is a shooting in the taxi industry, they are involved in one way or another.

“This is very disturbing because innocent people are harmed in the process … A team has been deployed in the area to resolve the issue.”

In a separate incident involving the taxi community, Mchunu has commended the Public Transport Enforcement Unit for their successful operation in impounding 54 taxis at Park Rynie this weekend.

A call was made last week by the MEC to deploy the unit to stabilise and monitor the situation on the South Coast because of the ongoing taxi violence between Jolivet, uMzinto, Mkomaas and Highflats.

“The [taxis] were all taken to Park Rynie and all the drivers were arrested and will appear in Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court,” said Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane.

They were released on R1 500 bail each.

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