TAXI owners from Lindelani township, north of Durban, say a war is brewing in the area. In just two days, two taxi owners from the Lindelani Taxi Association have been shot dead.
Association chairman Richard Madlala (67) was gunned down at a traffic light on Monday, just a day after the association secretary, Nokulunga Ntlawuzana (52), was shot dead at her home.
A car reportedly stopped opposite Madlala’s car before five heavily armed men jumped out and opened fire.
A taxi next to his car was also hit, killing passenger Zethembiso Zikhali (28) and wounding others.
A witness who didn’t want to be named said: “It was like a movie. I don’t know how many shots were fired. The taxi wasn’t full, but most of the passengers were wounded.”
Zethembiso’s uncle, Philasande Mbonambi (35), said the family got a call from a woman on the scene.
“She told us to rush there. I was hoping Zethembiso was just wounded, but when we showed up we learned that she was dead.”
He said Zethembiso had gone to town to buy groceries. She leaves behind an 11-month-old boy.
Taxi association chairman Petros Miya said: “There were issues within the organisation before, but I cannot share that information with the media right now. We are in a meeting regarding the killings which have taken place.”
The SunTeam was told there were fights over positions in the organisation but Miya didn’t confirm the rumours.
Madlala’s son Thembelani refused to comment. Madlala owned 10 taxis while Ntlawuzana only had two.
Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the cops were investigating cases of murder and attempted murder.
“A man and a woman were fatally shot by unknown suspects. The motive for the shootings is unknown and no arrests have been made at this stage.”