CNS Reporter/Michelle Izatt
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24 Aug 2015
2:34 pm

Taxi owner shot dead after suspects ask for lift

CNS Reporter/Michelle Izatt

No arrests have been made yet after a 52-year-old taxi owner was shot dead as he closed his tavern in the Emaphipini area of Ilfracombe in KwaZulu-Natal.

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It is alleged at about 11pm on Friday, Themba Mwelase was approached by two men who asked for a lift, South Coast Sun reported.

Mwelase reportedly agreed and when he stopped his vehicle for the men to get out, they turned around and fired shots at him. He was struck in the face and killed.

Police say the motive for the killing remains unknown, However, it is thought it may relate to his taxi business. Mwelase owned several taxis which operated on the Magabheni-Toti-Isipingo route.

A case of murder is being investigated.

Earlier this month, video footage surfaced showing the fatal shooting of a Soweto taxi boss at a petrol station in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

In the video, taxi owner Dumisani Mthethwa is seen standing next to a minibus taxi at the service station just after 5pm.

Two assailants suddenly walked up to Mthethwa and shoot him multiple times before fleeing.

In May, police were searching for two men who shot and killed a taxi owner in Daveyton, outside Benoni on the East Rand.

Benoni police spokesperson Warrant Officer Ramothakhi Maqabe said the incident occurred near the Daveyton railway station at about 2pm.

Maqabe said the victim, who was in his 30s, returned to his taxi at the taxi rank after visiting the nearby offices of the Benoni Taxi Association in Daveyton. “When he was done at the offices, he went to his taxi and two guys appeared from nowhere and started shooting at him,” he said.

The victim was shot in the back several times and was declared dead on the scene. The motive for the crime was not yet known and police were still gathering statements from witnesses.

– Caxton News Service