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Despatch police appeal for leads after taxi driver shot and killed

Nov 26, 2018
Despatch police appeal for leads after taxi driver shot and killed

Detectives from the South African Police Service in Despatch, in conjunction with detectives from the Uitenhage Cluster Operational Command Centre, have launched a manhunt for two suspects after a 57-year-old taxi driver shot and killed on Friday night.

"It is alleged that the 57-year-old taxi driver was travelling from North End, Port Elizabeth, in the direction of Despatch, with several passengers," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"The taxi driver stopped his Toyota Quantum at about 19:00 next to the R75, Joe Slovo, Despatch, to drop some of the passengers off."

Taxi driver shot and killed by men alighting from his taxi

It is further alleged that as the passengers were exiting, two suspects turned towards the driver, one male suddenly took out a firearm and fired several shots at the driver.

"The 57-year-old male driver was fatally injured and the two suspects ran towards the direction of the houses in Joe Slovo."

She said that Despatch SAPS detectives are investigating a case of murder and they are following up on all possible leads. 

"No arrests were made as yet and the motive for the murder is unknown," Capt Swart said.

"Anyone who might be able to assist with any information, may contact SAPS Despatch on 041 933 8800 or the Crime Stop toll-free number 08600 10111. The name of the deceased will be released after his next-of-kin was notified."

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