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9 people killed in Cape Town taxi violence

Staff Writer

Cape Town – Western Cape police have set up a detective-led task team to probe taxi related violence that has claimed nine lives and left three others wounded in what is believed to be a fight between taxi associations over routes within the Cape Flats.

Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said that on Saturday night two suspects aged 39 and 45 were arrested in Gugulethu and two unlicensed firearms seized following a shooting incident in Wynberg where taxi was shot not injured. The violence started on Friday night.

The incidents are as follows:

  • In Nyanga at Borcheds  Quarry a man in his forties was shot and fatally wounded at 17:45,  2018-05-25.
  •  A 35 year old man and a commuter were shot and wounded on the corner of Emms drive and Terminus road.
  • At Wynberg yesterday afternoon about 16:00,  a 28 year old man was shot and not wounded at Murom road, Wynberg.
  •  Philippi East ,A 43 year old man was shot and fatally wounded at 17:05 at Govan Mbeki
  • Philippi East at 18:30 on 2018-05-25 at Ncinciba street,  Luzuko Park,  a 26 year old man was shot and fatally wounded.
  •  Philippi East at Govan Mbeki,  Lower Cross roads, about 19:45,  a 27 year old man was shot and fatally wounded.
  •  Philippi East at 20:10 last night at the corner of New Eisleben road and Sheffield,  unidentified man,  Taxi driver,  was shot and fatally wounded.
  • Philippi, at Govan Mbaki  road, a 40 year old man was shot and fatally wounded on 2018-05-25 at 17:00.
  •  Another unidentified taxi driver was shot and fatally wounded today (2018-05-26)  just after 12:00 at Luzuko, Philippi East.
  •  Nyanga,in the early hours if this morning at Sonwabile street, Old Cross road.  A taxi driver was shot and fatally wounded.
  •  Nyanga, at Entokozweni street,  Old Cross road,  a taxi driver was shot and fatally wounded.

 Rwexana said that Tactical Response, National Intervention Units teams have been deployed at identified hotspots as reaction forces to complement station deployments.

Police have vowed to clamp on all taxi related violence including the latest cases. Anyone with information about these incidents  is requested to contact the police on 08600 10111.

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