16 Suspects arrested for taxi-related shooting

16 Suspects arrested for taxi-related shooting

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa have commended the swift response by police which led to the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of a number of firearms.

“In this province, we will not tolerate any violence especially relating to taxi industry as members of community are normally caught during the exchange of gunfire. We work diligently to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book,” he said

Yesterday at 17:00, a group of heavily armed gunmen travelling in a Toyota Quantum minibus taxi stormed the taxi rank in Brook Street, Durban. They fired multiple gunshots and sped off. Three people were seriously injured and taken to hospital for medical attention and a 56-year-old later passed away. The suspects fled towards Pinetown and a police officer from the Pinetown Task Team spotted the suspects’ vehicle in Chelsea Avenue, New Germany and gave chase. The suspects opened fire at him and he retaliated. No injuries were sustained and the suspects abandoned their vehicle and ran into a building in Scott Road, Pinetown. The National Intervention Unit were called in. A total of 16 suspects were arrested and a total of 17 firearms were seized which include nine rifles, a shotgun and seven pistols.

The suspects will be charged for murder and attempted murder including the shooting of a police officer in Pinetown. They will also be charged for illegal possession of firearms. They will appear in court soon. The case will be assigned to the Provincial Task Team for further investigation. The firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in any other pending cases.

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