Mpumalanga man held over taxi killings

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A man has been arrested for alleged murders.
A man has been arrested for alleged murders.
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  • A man was arrested at a house in Tweefontein on Thursday. 
  • He is charged with the murders of two men involved in the taxi industry. 
  • The acting provincial commissioner hopes the arrest will shed light on other taxi killings. 


A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murders of two people and the attempted murder of another - all of whom have ties to the Mpumalanga taxi industry.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the man was arrested after an investigation, and the public's help, led police to a house in Tweefontein.

He said the man was found with a licensed firearm and ammunition, which was seized by police.

A VW Polo was also seized because it might have been used in the commission of a crime.

The man is allegedly linked to the murders of Oupa Manamela, a taxi marshall gunned down at the Miliva taxi rank in March, and a 42-year-old taxi owner, shot and killed execution style in April. The taxi boss was killed at a traffic circle, a few metres away from where Manamela was killed.  

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News24 previously reported that the taxi owner's murder was the sixth taxi-related murder in the province this year.  

"He is also suspected to have been involved in a shooting of a man driving a taxi patrol vehicle, and the victim sustained an injury to his leg. This incident occurred at Moloto, near Kwamhlanga, on the same day Manamela was murdered," said Mdhluli.  

The acting provincial commissioner, Major-General Thulani Phahla, said: "We are adamant the investigation team will unearth more information, so that justice can be served on behalf of the victims of these killings."

The man is due in court this week.

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