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Taxi owner defies death to identify his attackers to police in his final moments at St Ritas Hospital in Nebo

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

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A well-known taxi owner used his dying breath to identify his killers to police yesterday morning.

Fanyana Mahlangu, 52, fell victim to taxi violence in Hlogotlou outside Jane Furse, Limpopo.

Mahlangu, who owned a fleet of taxis and was chairman of the Groblersdal Taxi Association, arrived home in Vlakfontein village minutes after midnight.

His assailants, who had been waiting in ambush, sprayed him with a hail of bullets when he got out of his car. They then disappeared into the darkness.

Police arrived on the scene within minutes and found Mahlangu still breathing.

They rushed him to the nearby St Ritas Hospital in Nebo, where he died a few hours later.

Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said that before he died, Mahlangu gave the officers the names of his attackers, whom he knew well.

"Mahlangu told us he only managed to identify his attackers when they ran through the light when fleeing the scene," said Ramatseba.

No arrests have been made yet, but the suspects are well known in the area.

"We are still following every lead and hope to arrest the suspects soon," said Ramatseba.


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