KWAZULU-NATAL police have launched a massive manhunt for gunmen who killed taxi owner Zethembe Mhlungu, 36, of Hlokozi, Highflats, and seriously injured ANC councilor Nompumelelo Joyce Jili on Tuesday night.
Jili, 55, was travelling with Mhlungu in his bakkie when they were allegedly attacked by unknown occupants of a passing car, just after 8pm.
Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said Mhlungu was on his way home from the Highflats village when he stopped to talk to someone on the Hlokozi main road.
"A silver-grey BMW with NPN registration plates, with several unknown occupants, approached from behind and passed the bakkie. Shortly afterwards, the BMW returned from the opposite direction. As it passed the bakkie, the occupants opened fire, hitting both victims several times," he said.
Pandarum said Mhlungu sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. A passing motorist transported the critically wounded woman to hospital. No arrests have been made as yet and charges of murder and attempted murder are being investigated by detectives of the Port Shepstone Serious and Violent Crimes unit.
Pandarum said the motive for the shooting has not yet been established. "We don't want to speculate, at the same time we can't rule out the possibility of the incident being related to taxi violence. A number of spent 9mm pistol and R5 rifle cartridges were recovered by police," he said.
Police captains Thembinkosi Mtshingila and Bheki Mngadi appeal to anyone with information to contact them on 039 835 0068.