David Matsena
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15 Oct 2015
1:23 pm

‘Feared’ Pretoria taxi boss in court for driver’s murder

David Matsena

A taxi boss from Soshanguve, Pretoria, is expected to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates' Court after he allegedly shot and killed a taxi driver.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena said the driver was killed outside his home in Block V at about 2am on Tuesday following an apparent confrontation with his former employer, a feared taxi boss, Rekord North reported.

“The victim had gun wounds in the back of his head. It was not clear how many times he had been shot. He was certified dead on arrival at the George Mukhari Hospital,” said Mangena.

It is believed the deceased had just changed employers to work for another boss, also from Block V. A witness told police in a statement the suspect had alleged the driver owed him R300.

“When his former boss heard that the taxi driver was now working for a new boss, he started looking for him to demand his R300. When he found him, an argument ensued and the taxi boss pulled out a gun and shot the deceased,” said Mangena.

The witness contacted the police, and the taxi boss was arrested. He is expected to appear in court soon to face a charge of murder.

In another incident, a 52-year-old taxi owner was shot dead as he closed his tavern in the Emaphipini area of Ilfracombe in KwaZulu-Natal, in August.

It is alleged Themba Mwelase was approached by two men who asked for a lift. 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.

– Caxton News Service