Two taxi Operators have been killed and a community member has been injured after they have been shot by unknown people in a small town of Ntabankulu in the province of the Eastern Cape on Monday morning.

According to reports four men who were driving a white private vehicle opened fire on a stationery vehicle in a taxi rank. Two taxi operators who were just relaxing inside the vehicle succumbed to injuries from a rain of bullets. It is said that the bullets were from an AK47 type of an assault rifle.

A community member who was hit by stray bullets was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Santaco chairperson in the Alfred Nzo Region, Zakes Ninteen confirmed the incident to The Informer. He said he is in Ntabankulu attending to the incident. He confirmed that two taxi operators who happen to be brothers died on the scene. “Their names cannot be mentioned for now. Two suspects have been arrested and two are at large. We are still collecting more information, he said.

Meanwhile Mayor of Ntabankulu Cllr Tseleng Sobuthongo has condemned the incident which she described as the taxi related violence. Cllr Sobuthongo appreciated the swift response of the police and the taxi industry in apprehension of the suspects.

“When the police and community work together crime get to have no space in our society. It was just last week when suspects were trying to rob one of the retail shops, it was the taxi industry working with the police that was at the centre of response and suspects were arrested, said Cllr Sobuthongo.


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