- Uncedo taxi association chairperson Diki Zamani was gunned down in Njoli, Gqeberha on Thursday afternoon.
- The circumstances surrounding Zamani’s slaying is still unknown
- Police are probing the case and as yet no arrests have been made.
The taxi industry is reeling after Uncedo taxi association chairperson Diki Zamani was shot dead while sitting in his parked car at Njoli square in Gqeberha on Thursday.
SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) deputy chairperson in the Eastern Cape, Gabs Mtshala, said the incident had hit the industry hard, with some taxi operators still in shock and demoralised.
"As Santaco, we condemn this incident especially happening during a time when, as the industry, we are busy defending the economy of the country from a total collapse. Something like this taints our efforts," Mtshala said.
He said circumstances surrounding Zamani's murder were still unknown, but he urged locals not to link it to the incident where former ANC Youth League deputy president Andile Lungisa was allegedly hunted down by taxi operators in connection with incidents of looting in the province.
"People must stop spreading fake news on social media. Zamani was never near the group that was looking for Andile Lungisa and was not even part of the parade. He was busy with other matters of the taxi industry at the time," said Mtshala.
Santaco extended its condolences to the Zamani family. It urged the police to act swiftly in arresting the culprits.
Mtshala said Santaco would also engage with the Uncedo taxi association's regional and national structures.
Meanwhile, videos showing Lungisa speaking via a loud hailer from a bakkie - denouncing looting and public violence - was circulated on social media on Thursday.
This followed shortly after Lungisa was allegedly hunted down by taxi bosses on Wednesday over allegations that he had incited violence in support of incarcerated former president Jacob Zuma.
A meeting was later held between Lungisa and taxi industry captains where it was agreed that Lungisa should go around ward-by-ward denouncing violence and looting.
Eastern Cape police was set to issue a statement regarding Zamani's murder. Their comments will be added once received.
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