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Taxi boss 'killed for promoting drivers'

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

Vusi Ndlovu

Vusi Ndlovu

A taxi boss murdered in a hit on Monday night was killed because he had empowered drivers to become independent operators, his wife said yesterday.

Manana Radebe said her husband, Jabu Lubhede, received death threats after he encouraged taxi drivers to become owners.

Lubhede, 56, chairman of the Faraday Taxi Association (FTA), and an unidentified friend from Bloemfontein, died in a hail of bullets when they were attacked on the N1 highway between Malibongwe and the Beyers Naude off-ramp in Honeydew, west of Johannesburg.

The killers then drove over their bodies to ensure they were dead.

Radebe said she had warned her husband not to accept the top position in the association after he had earlier been ousted.

"I remember one day he was talking on the phone to someone who was asking him what nonsense was he up to by promoting the drivers.

"He said the man told him he would be killed for that.

"After they shot Oupa [a colleague] last Thursday, he said he was concerned that the threats were real. He said the man who kept threatening him told him they had a target list of people to be shot before Christmas.

"I had warned him not to accept the chairmanship when he was re-elected about three months ago. He had been demoted after he was accused of having misused the association's money. I told him that they would kill him because they did not want him, but he went ahead and took the position," Radebe said.

Inspector Karen Jacobs of the West Rand police would not divulge an details of the investigation into the apparent assassination.

But a police source said a witness had described the slaughter to investigators. Lubhede and his friend were driving in a Ssangyung Musso when they were stopped by men driving a dark-coloured Mitsubishi Pajero.

The attackers got out of their vehicle and shot at their victims. One of the killers then climbed into the victims' vehicle and repeatedly drove over their bodies.

The assailants then fled the scene.


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