Residents to commemorate slain taxi boss

2018-09-20 06:02
Gumede’s car riddled with bullets. PHOTO: andile sithole

Gumede’s car riddled with bullets. PHOTO: andile sithole

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HUNDREDS of people are expected to converge on the Tongaat town hall tomorrow, September 14, for the memorial service of a well-known Tongaat business man, taxi boss Nicholas “Mkhize” Gumede.

Fifty-two-year-old Gumede, the chairperson of the of Siqalokuhle Taxi Association, was shot dead near a take-away in the Tongat CBD on Monday. It is believed that Gumede had just left a management meeting when unknown suspects opened fire on him.

He sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and mouth and was certified dead at the scene.

Spokesperson for Uthongathi Football Club, where Gumede was also the chairperson, Nkosinathi Chili said the club was deeply shocked and saddened by his tragic passing.

“Uthongathi Football Club has lost a leader and mentor who supported it by giving his time, advice and resources to the club for many years due to his passion for the club and for football in general.

“Gumede presided over the most successful years in Uthongathi Football Club’s history and served it with immense distinction. It was under Gumede’s leadership that the club made serious strides and grew to be a dominant outfit.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family, friends, business partners and the taxi industry community,” ended Chili.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda urged the police to work around the clock and leave no stone unturned to find the suspects who killed Gumede.

Kaunda said: “We have full confidence in the police, that they will work around the clock to find the perpetrators.

“The oThongathi area has been stable with no known tensions within the taxi operations, however police will do a thorough investigation following the latest incident.

“We appeal to members of the community who may have witnessed the incident to come forward with any information that may assist in the apprehension of the perpetrators,” said Kaunda.

Kaunda sent his condolences to the family and members of the club.

The funeral will be held at Bhamshela, Upper Tongaat, on Sunday, September 16.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said: “We can confirm the incident that took place at Tongaat area where a 52-year old man was allegedly shot and killed by unknown suspects.

“The motive for the attack is unknown. A case of murder was opened at Tongaat Police Station for investigation.”

Gumede’s memorial service will be held tomorrow at the Tongaat town hall from 2 pm.

The public is invited to attend.

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