Two taxi owners, alleged hitman and a bystander shot dead in Eastern Cape attack

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  • Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt after four people were gunned down in Mdantsane on Wednesday. 
  • Two taxi bosses, a suspected hitman and a bystander all died during the shooting incident. 
  • The bystander was shot dead while standing outside the offices of the Mdantsane Uncedo Services Taxi Association. 

Two taxi bosses, a suspected hitman and a bystander died in a hail of bullets during a shootout outside the offices of the Mdantsane Uncedo Services Taxi Association on Wednesday.

The Eastern Cape community safety department confirmed the deadly shooting, adding that a suspected gunman was believed to be one of the four victims.

Police said the shooting was believed to be linked to ongoing violence in the taxi industry.

Spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said the incident occurred at about 15:30 at the taxi association's offices along Mdantsane’s Qumza Highway.

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He said that three people had been killed instantly inside the offices, while the fourth, believed to be a bystander, was shot outside in the street. Two firearms were recovered at the scene, he added.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nomthetheleli Mene said they were on the hunt for the remaining gunmen.

Kinana added that "the circumstances surrounding the incident are not known at this stage".

"However, police are investigating murder cases. No arrest has been made at this stage."

The police could not confirm how many gunmen were involved in the attack.

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The chairperson of the SA National Taxi Council in the Eastern Cape, Zola Bishop Yolelo, could not immediately comment. It will be added once received. 

He has, however, previously condemned the violence plaguing the industry.  

Police are requesting anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects, to make contact with the Mdantsane Police Station or call the Crime Stop number on 0860010111.  

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