POLICE LAUNCH A MANHUNT FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN FROM TAXI INDUSTRY WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT THE MILIVA TAXI RANK
NELSPRUIT – Police in Mpumalanga have launched a vigorous manhunt for ruthless suspects following a despicable incident in which a 42-year-old man who was working in the taxi industry as a taxi owner, also held an executive position within the leadership structure, was unfortunately shot execution-style, Friday 23 April 2021 at Miliva traffic circle few meters away from the Miliva taxi rank in Tweefontein.
The man was shot by a group of heavily armed men who were driving in a white Ford Fiesta who fired several shots at him while he was sitting in his car, a silver-grey Toyota Yaris. The assailants thereafter fled the scene, leaving him bleeding profusely. The victim was then taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Recently, 39-year-old France Oupa Manamela, a Taxi Marshall, was gunned down execution-style at the Miliva taxi rank. The incident occurred on 01 March 2021.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was shot by four suspects driving in a silver VW Polo. They fled the scene immediately after committing this heinous act and are still at large.
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Kenny Sipho Mahlangu, a taxi driver, was shot and killed at Tweefontein on 07 March 2021. Details around this incident reveal that Mahlangu was driving in a white Isuzu bakkie when he was attacked. On the said day, it is alleged that he was followed by a certain Toyota Run-X and shots were fired from the said vehicle which resulted in him being fatally wounded.
Two other victims were both gunned down on 15 March 2021. At about 17h30, Jeremia Nkosinathi Chabangu, aged 44 was shot and killed by a group of suspects whilst sitting inside a Mercedes Benz Minibus at Kwamhlanga Crossroad. The suspects then fled the scene in a white VW Golf 7.
Whilst 65-year-old Piet Mahlangu was shot and killed around 20h40 during the time when he was with his family at home. The incident occurred at Boekenhouthoek near Kwaggafontein and two suspects are said to have been seen wearing balaclavas earlier. They then fled the scene in a white Toyota Quantum after the incident. His wife also sustained some injuries on her leg.
Police urge anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact Detective Lieutenant Colonel Difaga John Malope at 0824417591 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.