His brother fights for life in hospital as KZN feud erupts

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Heavily armed gunmen shot and killed yet another KwaZulu-Natal taxi boss.

The victim's brother, who was in the passenger seat, is fighting for his life in hospital.

Police are convinced the killing is connected to ongoing taxi violence in the province.

Buhle Ndwandwe, 29, was attacked on Saturday while travelling with his brother Malusi in Glencoe near Dundee in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The gunmen, armed with AK47 assault rifles, attacked them while they were travelling in a red Toyota in Hlobane, in Coronation township.

The gunmen fired a number of rounds in the direction of Ndwandwe's car.

Ndwandwe was hit several times in the head and body. He died on the scene.

His brother Malusi was hit several times in the body.

Malusi was admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said Ndwandwe had taken over ownership of a fleet of taxis after his older brother was killed in a similar attack in KwaNongoma last year.

"Though the motive for the killing has not been established, we strongly believe it is related to the ongoing taxi violence," said Mdunge.

No one has been arrested in connection with the attack, but police are investigating charges of murder and attempted murder.

In April, three people, including two women street vendors, were killed when gunmen went on a shooting spree at the KwaNongoma taxi rank.

Eight others, including a six- year-old girl, were seriously injured when they were caught in the crossfire.

At the time, police confirmed the shooting was linked to a renewed taxi feud in the area.

It is believed the conflict was sparked by the acceptance of a new member into the taxi organisation.

The alleged hitman in that shooting spree was, hoewver, arrested.