Taxi association member shot dead in Tembisa

A 60-year-old member of the Johannesburg Taxi Association was shot and killed while driving with his seven-year-old son in Phomolong, Tembisa, on the East Rand this morning.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the man was driving driving a white Toyota bakkie at around 7am when he was shot number of times in the upper body, Midrand Reporter reported.

Mogale said it is unclear at this stage how many suspects were in the car or how many shots were fired. Mogale said the vehicle continued to move forward for about 25m before it crashed into a gate. The motive of the killing remains unknown.

Members of the Johannesburg Taxi Association were also on the scene and said the man was a member of the organisation. Fellow association member, Philimon Yenge, confirmed that the child was safe and at home with his family. Yenge said the association was peaceful and they were unaware of a taxi route conflict which could have led to the shooting.

This morning’s shooting was the second reported in Tembisa this week. On Tuesday, a taxi owner was shot and killed at the Esangweni Taxi Rank.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was shot and killed by another taxi owner last night at about 6pm. The motive for the shooting remains unclear. Tembisa police communications officer Captain Manyadza Ralidzivha said no arrests had been made.

The recent spate of taxi-related shootings in Tembisa comes after the Tembisa Alexandra Taxi Association (TATA) and Midrand Taxi Association (MIDTA) executive members along with police and Ekurhuleni Metro Police signed an operational agreement last month.

According to the agreement, both associations pledged to work together peacefully as both were entitled to operate the same route, as per the legal permission granted through registration with the Department of Transport.

The parties also agreed to hold monthly meetings which would enable all stakeholders to address all challenges faced by the operators collectively. The heavily contested route, which led to the recent taxi war, runs to and from Titeng Taxi Rank in Tembisa to Kayalami via Waterfall Mall Taxi Rank in Midrand.

– Caxton News Service


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