Fresh wave of taxi-related shootings in Western Cape: 3 killed, 6 wounded

13 July 2021 - 10:34 By TimesLIVE
Western Cape police have deployed reinforcements amid a spate of murders and attempted murders related to the taxi industry. File image.
Western Cape police have deployed reinforcements amid a spate of murders and attempted murders related to the taxi industry. File image.
Image: Western Cape government

Police in the Western Cape have deployed reinforcements while probing a spate of murders and attempted murders related to the taxi industry on Tuesday morning.

Harare police are investigating two murder and two attempted murder cases, while Delft police are investigating a case of murder and four cases of attempted murder, said spokesperson WO Joseph Swartbooi.

In Bulawayo Road in Harare, two 39-year-old men were shot dead.

In Mew Way, a 42-year-old man was shot and wounded while an unknown male, believed to be a taxi driver, was transported to a nearby hospital with private transport after he sustained a gunshot wound.

Police discovered the body of a 45-year-old in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in Symphony Way near to Blikkiesdorp. The victim was declared deceased on the scene by medical personnel.

Police were also called to a crime scene near to Sarah Baartman, where a taxi driver sustained gunshot wounds to both legs.

Near to TRA 5 in Delft South, the driver of a retail business was dropping off employees. Two unknown males tried to stop the vehicle when the driver sped off. The suspects fired numerous gunshots at the vehicle wounding a male and two female occupants. The victims were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

“Additional police resources have been deployed in the areas affected by the violence and will remain on high alert, while detectives are pursuing leads to apprehend those responsible,” said Swartbooi.

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