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Seven men, including 70-year-old, arrested for deadly taxi violence

MARCH 24, 2017
Seven men, including 70-year-old, arrested for deadly taxi violence

A police task team on Thursday arrested seven men, aged between 29 and 70 years, in Port St Johns and Libode in connection with the taxi violence that left two people dead and more people injured recently.

"Three motor vehicles, a 303 Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, a home made gun, bush knives, pangas, sharp instruments and a licenced pistol were confiscated," said Eastern Cape police.

"The arrests came after two people were killed and eight seriously injured during taxi violence incidents that recently occured at the Ntlaza taxi rank near Ngqeleni.

"The suspects will appear soon before the Ngqeleni Magistrate court facing charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicenced firearm and ammunition and possession of dangerous weapons."

Police said that all the weapons will be subjected to ballistic testing.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Ntshinga commended the team for the swift arrests and said that the SAPS delivered on our promise to bring those responsible for taxi violence to book.

"We will continue to put the safety of commuters first and intolerance and violence will not be allowed," she said.