Provincial police were on the scene of an alleged taxi shootout on the K101 at the intersection of Le Roux Road, opposite the Turkish mosque following the murder of an innocent car passenger.
Police have blocked off the road to traffic. Midrand Reporter journalist Thandi Ntobela was on the scene. She said there were no taxis, but police had cordoned off a white car, which she thought was a Toyota Tazz. “Three provincial police patrol cars have arrived on the scene,” said Ntobela.
An eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed, “A woman was shot by a stray bullet as she was driving past the scene. She was killed.”
Another eyewitness told Ntobela that people were throwing rocks, then they heard shots but could not say how many shots were fired. She said three rocks are part of the evidence, but provincial police were not providing any information at that time. The eyewitness claimed, “The taxi violence started yesterday but no one took much notice of it. Now this has happened. It seems to be a fight between two taxi associations.”
Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Augustinah Selepe, said that a 39-year-old passenger of a white Toyota Tazz at the scene of the shootout between taxi owners, was shot and killed by a stray bullet; and the 45-year-old driver was injured while they were on their way to work.
Selepe said the driver of the Tazz tried to escape from the scene by driving into the grounds of a nearby church.
She said police were unsure which taxi associations were involved, but that a group of taxi owners were there and driving their private vehicles.
The number of vehicles involved is unknown by police.