The MEC for the Department of Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo, Florence Radzilani, commends the swift intervention made by Police to diffuse possible taxi violence in Lebowakgomo.

Radzilani directed the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe “to ensure that no stone is left unturned, in ensuring that all the perpetrators of these atrocities, must be brought to book”.

MEC FLORENCE RADZILANI COMMENDS POLICE SWIFT RESPONSE 

The MEC has applauded the Police for arresting three suspects who were in possession of ammunition that was involved in a shootout with the Police.

She has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, acts of taxi violence which have the potential to affect ordinary members of the public.

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MEC Radzilani calls upon members of the public to come forward with information that can help the Police. This could help to trace and make further arrests of these cowards.

The Department will also make interventions, to mediate between the warring associations. This comes after a taxi owner was shot dead at the Lebowakgomo taxi rank last week Friday.

TAXI OWNER SHOT DEAD IN TAXI VIOLENCE 

 The local taxi owner aged 69, was fatally shot and taxis as well as private motor vehicles damaged.

It is alleged that a group of unknown suspects arrived at the taxi rank on foot at about 17:20. They started firing shots indiscriminately. Some of them threw stones at the taxis.

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Police and medical emergency services were called to the scene. Upon arrival, they found that the suspects had already fled the scene.

During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the taxi owners, who was sitting inside his private motor vehicle sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to the injuries on arrival.

The deceased was identified as Joseph Madisha.

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