Taxi driver killed, conductor wounded

2016-06-13 10:34
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Pietermaritzburg - A taxi driver was gunned down and his conductor left in a serious condition in an incident suspected to be linked to taxi violence, in the Copesville area on Friday.

It is believed two gunmen boarded the taxi in the CBD on Friday afternoon and waited for all the other passengers to be dropped off at their destinations.

The taxi then proceeded to the Bob Mattison informal settlement on Bhambatha Road near Copesville to drop off the two men.

It is believed the men opened fire when the taxi came to a halt, killing the driver, identified as 31-year-old Sibusiso Luthuli, and wounding the conductor.

A police source said one of the attackers was seated next to the driver and the other at the rear of the taxi.

“Nothing was stolen from the taxi or from the victims. We believe this may be linked to taxi violence, but this cannot yet be confirmed,” the police source said.

“When the taxi stopped, the gunman seated at the front of the taxi shot the driver and exited the taxi, walked around, and fired shots at the driver again. The other gunman shot the conductor in the legs several times.”

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said police found Luthuli’s body riddled with gunshot wounds to the face and chest. “The taxi conductor also sustained gunshot wounds to both legs. He was transported to hospital for medical treatment,” Gwala said.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage. No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.”

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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