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THE situation is tense after the murder of a taxi boss’ bodyguard and driver.

It appears the hitmen thought the taxi boss was driving the car himself.

A bodyguard (34) and a passenger (35) were coming back from a shop in the Toyota Fortuner belonging to the chairman of the Umzinyathi Taxi Association on Tuesday when they were shot dead.

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Most of the taxi bosses belonging to this association, which operates north of Durban, have left their taxis with drivers and are in hiding following rumours of a hit list.

Passengers and drivers said there is a group of men who run the association by force.

They said the association’s meetings are held at a police station because it’s the only safe place for members.

“These men are armed with big guns,” said a driver.

He said the group forces passengers out of taxis and orders the driver to go back and park the taxi.

A passenger said she was told to get out of a taxi on Monday.

“I couldn’t go to work. I had to walk home.”

Themba Kubheka, secretary of the Greater North Taxi Association, which includes Umzinyathi, said after Tuesday’s incident everyone is scared.

“We don’t know who’s next. Meetings are held at the police station because it’s the only safe place.”

He confirmed that some of the bosses are in hiding.

KZN transport spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said the department was scheduled to have a meeting with the association members yesterday to find a solution to the violence.

KZN police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said two cases of murder were opened by Inanda police and the case will be investigated by the taxi task team.

“No arrests have been made,” he said.

The Umzinyathi taxi boss was not available for comment as he is in hiding.

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