Masi shooting claims two lives

A taxi owner and security guard were shot dead and four others were injured in taxi violence at the Masiphumelele rank on Thursday night.

Commuters had to dive for cover as bullets flew.

Ocean View Community Police Forum chairwoman, Kathy Cronje said the taxi owners had been
holding a meeting when they had come under fire. The shooter or shooters had been in an unidentified car.

“More than 30 shots were fired before the car sped away,” she said.

An eyewitness who did not want to be named said he had been standing near the taxi office when he had heard gunfire. Commuters had scattered and then the taxi owner had been shot.

Ocean View police spokesman Sergeant Leon Fortuin said the motive for the 8.15pm shooting was unclear.

However, the killing, in April, of taxi owner Ayanda Ntityana, 36 raises the possibility that the shooting is linked to taxi-route disputes.

Mr Ntityana had been driving back from Fort Beaufort, in the Eastern Cape, when his taxi broke down not far from his home in Masiphumelele.

He was standing on the side of the road, waiting for his taxi to be towed, when someone shot him from a car without a licence plate.

Sergeant Fortuin said the taxi owner who died at the rank on Thursday night had been due to ferry passengers to the Eastern Cape.

The security guard died later of his injuries at Groote Schuur Hospital. Other victims were in a stable condition. No arrests have been made, according to provincial police
spokeswoman, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.