Head of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered an immediate manhunt after a taxi owner was brutally gunned down and killed in broad daylight at Polokwane CBD, Capricorn District. The deceased was allegedly killed by two unknown suspects on Saturday 15 April 2023 at about 15:55.

It is alleged that taxi owner Bernard Kgabo Phihlela (50) affiliated with the Seshego Polokwane Taxi Association (SPTA) was at the City Centre Taxi rank when two male suspects fired multiple gunshots at him. The assailants whose faces were also not covered fled the scene on foot after the attack. The victim was also declared dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.

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Limpopo Taxi owner gunned down in Polokwane
Limpopo Taxi owner gunned down in Polokwane

A case of murder was also opened. It is being investigated by the Provincial Taxi Violence Investigation Unit, which specialises in taxi related crimes.

The Provincial Commissioner has instructed the members of this task team to hunt down those responsible for this horrendous crime and bring them to book.


Police appeal to anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects. They can urgently contact Colonel Kgadiswana Mnisi on 082 565 8601. Also the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station.