Taxi boss, wife die in hail of bullets

2018-01-24 06:00

“Govender was at 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.”

Santaco secretary 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 level 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 the attack.”

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