Taxi 'hitman' arrested in hospital over Hout Bay attack that left four dead

08 April 2019 - 14:12 By Aron Hyman
A body lies on a sports field following taxi violence in Hout Bay on Monday last week..
A body lies on a sports field following taxi violence in Hout Bay on Monday last week..
Image: Sunday Times/Esa Alexander

An alleged hitman and taxi driver was arrested in hospital at the weekend in connection with the taxi-related shooting that left four people dead in Hout Bay, Cape Town, last week.

Bandile Rotyi appeared in absentia in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday after police arrested him on Saturday.

Investigating officer Capt Alfred Barker told the court that Rotyi sustained gunshot wounds to both his legs in the incident and could not attend the court proceedings.

At the time of the shootings, Rotyi was out on bail for a firearms offence. 

He is now charged with four counts of murder and two of attempted murder. 

Four bodies were found on a Hout Bay sports field on Monday April 1 after the neighbourhood awoke to the sound of gunshots. 

The shooting, which lasted a few minutes, is believed to be related to a dispute over routes between two of Cape Town's largest taxi associations. 

The case was postponed until April 15.


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