Taxi boss and wife die in hail of bullets

2018-01-24 06:01

ANDILE SITHOLE

THE murder of a taxi boss and “founding member” of the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association has left members of the association in shock and fearing for their lives.

Dickie Govender (61), and his wife Saroj (59), were travelling on the R102 from Shakaskraal to Tongaat when the occupants of an unknown vehicle­ opened fire on them in the Frasers area, outside Tongaat, on Saturday night, January 13.

Govender died at the scene and his wife, a Grade R teacher at Seatides­ Combined, was seriously injured and was rushed to hospital where she later died. Head of TransNatal Flying Squad Unit Suren Balram said the bullets riddled their car and it veered off the road, coming to a stop in a sugar­-cane plantation.

“Both husband and wife suffered multiple gunshots. The suspects fired on them with AK47 rifles.”

Spokesperson for Dolphin Coast Taxi Association Sunshine Mthiyane said taxi drivers and owners were still recovering from shock.

“He was the vice secretary and founder of [our] association. The exact reason for the killing is not clear. We are concerned about the death of Govender.”

Mthiyane said there were issues within the association that could have been the result of the killing.

“We formed a committee to encourage our members to register the log books of their vehicles. Some of them were unhappy about it.


Govender was in the forefront encouraging everyone.
There was some kind of ‘animosity’ in the association, forcing other members [of the committee] to drag their feet [in the matter] fearing for their lives.”

Secretary of Santaco Bongani Mkhwanazi said the incident is not related to taxi violence.

“At this stage it is still muddy to find out the exact cause of the attack. We had not received any complaints from the association. However, there were other issues, but they were dealt with and we had a meeting with the members of the association. We advised them to report their concerns to our officers. We strongly condemn the killings in the taxi industry.”

Mkhwanazi advised taxi drivers to be the eyes and ears at grassroots levels and report suspicious activities to the police and their leaders. “We extend our deepest condolences to the Govender family, friends and members of the association. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”

SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said two counts of murder were opened at Tongaat police station.

“No arrest has been made at this stage and the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding their attack.”

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