Another taxi owner from Imbali Unit 14, 18 and the BB Taxi Association, was gunned down at his home in Willowfountain, Pietermaritzburg, on Friday night.
Nkosinathi Makhathini (45) was allegedly ambushed by three unknown people shortly after he parked his car at his home. He was shot multiple times in the head and body before he could exit his car. He died inside his car.
Makhathini is the third taxi owner from the association to have been killed this year.
The Witness previously reported that the other two taxi owners were also shot in their homes.
South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) KZN spokesperson, Sifiso Shangase, said they had heard about the shooting but for now it is not clear if it is related to the taxi industry. He said incidents like these do not sit well with them because in the end, they just spread unnecessary violence.
If there are issues within the association or between associations those issues must be sorted out by sitting down and trying to find a solution. Killing each other is not going to be a solution, but instead it will lead to more unnecessary bloodshed. People must also not speculate regarding this incident because many innocent people might get hurt.
Shangase said they will wait for the police to do their job of finding out what might have led to the shooting. He also urged residents who might have information regarding the incident to report it to the police.
“People need to calm down until we find out what happened and what led to this unfortunate incident.”
KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed the incident and said that no arrests have yet been made.