Taxi owner gunned down in Edendale

2018-03-21 06:00

IT is still unclear as to what could have led to the murder of Edendale taxi owner Thokozani Ntombela (39), who was gunned down by a hail of bullets while he was relaxing with four friends at his car wash next to Wadley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ntombela, a member of the Esigodini Taxi Association, was shot by two assailants who pretended to be hawkers in the area before the murder.

According to a relative of Ntombela’s who did not want to be named, she said they are still recovering from the shock of the shooting.

“I was in my house when the incident happened.

“His (Ntombela) house is close to the car wash where the shooting happened and I heard the gun shots but I never thought that the bullets were meant for someone who I know.

“The next thing I saw was Ntombela’s friends running to me. They told me that Ntombela had been shot.

“When I arrived at the scene he was lying there with multiple gun-shot wounds to his face. They shot him more than 10 times.

“I tried to ask people who were around to call an ambulance but it was too late. He was already dead,” she said.

She said the pair that shot Ntombela pretended to be selling something in the area before they shot him.

“They had a plastic bag with them and they pretended to be looking for something in the bag.

“As they got closer to Ntombela and his friends, one of the men started shooting.

“We don’t know who would do something like this.

“Ntombela was loved by everyone and he loved helping other people.

“He was every smart and business-minded,” she said.

Plessislaer Police Station spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela confirmed the incident and said no one has been arrested.

“Police are investigating a case of murder,” he said.

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