Taxi owner shot 12 times in Eastern Cape 'hit'
The family of the taxi owner who was shot dead in a Mthatha police cell last week‚ allege that crooked police may have had a hand in the brutal slaying.
Simphiwe Maqungo‚ 38‚ who owned a fleet of taxis in Cape Town‚ had cheated death several times after being attacked‚ both in the Western Cape and in his home village of Lahlangubo in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape.
Maqungo was arrested and was being held in custody at the Ngangelizwe police station for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and was due to appear in the Ngcobo Magistrate’s Court for a formal bail hearing.
He was shot dead 30 minutes after midnight last Monday‚ just hours before he was due in court‚ by a brazen group of masked gunmen who stormed the police station and shot him repeatedly at close range.
The family‚ speaking after seeing his body during the post-mortem held at the forensic pathology unit in Mthatha‚ said the shooters made quite sure that he was dead.
“We counted 12 bullet holes in his head‚ chest and abdomen‚” said his brother Siyabulela. “They used both pistols and rifles.
“The police have a hand in his death‚ that we do not doubt.”