Taxi security guard killed in Lindelani shooting

2015-09-21 14:16
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Durban - A security guard working for Mvimbeni Security Services, contracted to Zamokuhle Long Distance Taxi Association, is among the three people who were killed in Lindelani on Sunday night.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said three people were killed and six were wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire at 19:45.

He said the motive was unknown at this stage. However, there is widespread speculation that it is related to last week’s shoot-out at the Brook Street taxi rank which left three people dead and another three injured.

An Mvimbeni Security Services employee, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that a security guard was killed, but said he could not comment further.

"We are not sure what really happened. We heard on the news that there was a shooting in Lindelani where three people were killed, and that was related to last Wednesday's shooting [at the Brook Street taxi rank]."

He said the company was still waiting for a report from the police.

Tracked down at home and shot

A Zamokuhle association member who asked not to be named, said one of the people who was killed was a Zamokuhle bodyguard. "That is all we know at the moment."

Another source who claims to have detailed information about the war between Sonke Long Distance Taxi Association and Zamokuhle also said one of those killed was a bodyguard tasked with protecting the owners and operators.

"He was there last Wednesday and he is one of the guys who fired a... shot that killed a Sonke guard. They tracked him down at his home and shot him," the source said.

Zamokuhle has been at war with its rival Sonke, which is reported to have close links to President Jacob Zuma's taxi boss nephew, Mfundo Gcaba.

It was reported earlier that Zamokuhle took Sonke to court over disputes over lucrative routes between Durban and the South Coast.

Zamokuhle wanted Sonke interdicted from using a major Durban taxi rank, intimidating its members and interfering with its routes. The court granted Zamokuhle the interdict.

On Friday Gcaba was among the eleven men who appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court for last week's shooting.

The men have been charged with public violence, murder and attempted murder.

The case is due back in court on September 23.

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