Alert security guard saves the day after gunmen shoot, wound Gauteng taxi boss

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Taxi bosses were shot in Gauteng.
Taxi bosses were shot in Gauteng.
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  • A taxi boss was shot and wounded in Centurion.
  • Four men, armed with assault rifles, attacked the man.
  • A security guard nearby fired at the assailants.

Gauteng police launched a manhunt for gunmen who shot and wounded a taxi owner in Centurion.

The taxi owner was in the company of two friends when he came under attack.

He is a member of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco).

The victim and his friend were in a red Ferrari on Wednesday evening when another person arrived at the Centurion Golf Estate parking lot, where the pair had parked.

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It is alleged that, as the taxi boss alighted from the Ferrari, a white vehicle carrying four men, armed with assault rifles, approached and opened fire.

A security officer, who was patrolling in the area, retaliated by firing at the gunmen.

The injured taxi boss was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza confirmed the incident.

"Gauteng police are searching for suspects after a taxi owner was shot and wounded in front of the Centurion Golf Estate on Wednesday evening. Armed suspects travelling in a white vehicle allegedly drove into the estate's parking area and started shooting directly at the 56-year-old taxi owner," said Kweza.

Police collected several cartridges at the scene. Kweza said they were investigating a case of attempted murder.

Santaco is yet to comment on the matter.

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