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Taxi boss shot dead in driver's seat

By unknown | Jul 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Taxi commuters in KwaZulu-Natal say they feel unsafe after yet another taxi killing yesterday morning.

Commuters on their way to work had to duck for cover during the shooting on Umgeni Road that left the driver of a minibus taxi dead.

This brings to eight the number of taxi industry related deaths in KwaZulu-Natal in seven days.

Taxi boss Gudluyise Ngcobo, 55, was sitting in his minibus taxi at about 4.30am when an armed man approached him and opened fire.

The traumatised commuters told the police, who were called to the scene, that they were in the queue when they suddenly heard sounds of gunfire.

They said they ran for cover in different directions and were too scared to accost the gunman.

One of the witnesses, who did not want to be named, said the gunman walked slowly across the road after shooting Ngcobo.

Ngcobo was a well-known taxi driver and was also chairman of the Umgeni Taxi Association.

Spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance Willie Mbhense, could not say whether Ngcobo's killing was related to the taxi violence or not.

Mbhense said these killings are continuously bringing shame to the taxi industry.

He said he was worried about innocent taxi drivers and passengers whose lives have been put at risk by the violence.

"We are trying very hard to restore peace in the taxi industry and so far we have been getting nothing but disappointment," he said.

Police spokesman Muzi Mngomezulu said Ngcobo sustained four gunshot wounds.

"At this stage we cannot say if the shooting is related to taxi violence, but we are investigating all possibilities."


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