Arrest in taxi murder

By Drum Digital
12 November 2015

Empangeni police officers in KwaZulu-Natal acted swiftly in apprehending the suspect.

By Ayanda Sitole

A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a taxi driver that took place on 10 November.

It is believed that a minibus taxi was travelling along the R34 highway, passing Empangeni milling, when two passengers asked the driver to stop so they could get off. The driver stopped and the passengers shot and killed him (38). They then fled the scene on foot.

An off-duty police officer from Eshowe, who was also travelling on R34 towards Eshowe, said he noticed two males running away from the minibus taxi and suspected that something had happened. He quickly investigated and discovered the murder.

The police officer gave chase to the suspects with the help of a member of the community. He apprehended one suspect, who was in possession of a revolver with three live rounds of ammunition.

The suspect (29) will be charged with murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. It has not yet been determined when he will appear at Ngwelezane Magistrates’ Court .

Police say the motive for the killing is unknown at this stage, but the firearm will be subjected for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in the commission of any other crime.

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police officer on the arrest of the suspect.

“We are confident that another suspect will be arrested soon. We applaud the commitment of the community member who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect, which shows the success of community policing,” she said.

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