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A wanted suspect was arrested in Cape Town. Photo: Pixabay.

EC Transport MEC condemns alleged taxi boss hit – one killed, six wounded

Two suspects allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with two occupants at Mdantsane Highway taxi rank on Tuesday. Five people were hit by stray bullets.

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A wanted suspect was arrested in Cape Town. Photo: Pixabay.

The police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a shooting that took place at Mdantsane Highway taxi rank on Tuesday afternoon, 17 May.

Two suspects allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with two occupants, killing one of them and wounding the other. Several bystanders were hit by stray bullets.

TAXI BOSS KILLED IN ALLEGED HIT

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the incident happened at approximately 17:00.

At least two suspects started shooting at a white Hyundai sedan at the Mdantsane Highway taxi rank.

“As a result, one of the two occupants, aged 47, was fatally wounded, whilst another sustained gunshot wounds in the upper body.

“The information further indicates that five other people were hit by stray bullets. A total of six victims aged between 25 and 30 were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention,” said Kinana.

SAPS are investigating a case of murder and six cases of attempted murder. No arrests have been made thus far.

Kinana said SAPS would not speculate on the motivation behind the incident.

The provincial transport and community safety MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe, however, condemned the shooting as an alleged hit on a taxi boss – the deceased man.

The MEC’s spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, said the shooting is one of several attacks “that have been sweeping across the province” over the last few months.

“Criminals will not be allowed to rule and terrorize responsible citizens on our watch. We shall not rest until they are found,” said the provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nomthetheleli Mene.

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