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Hunt for suspects after jikeleza taxi driver gunned down

Nov 20, 2019
Hunt for suspects after jikeleza taxi driver gunned down

Port Elizabeth - Police detectives at SAPS Gelvandale, in Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday implemented the 72-hour activation plan in their efforts to track down two suspects involved in a murder and robbery on Monday evening.

"It is alleged that at about 17:00 on Monday, Lusidiso Cakwebe (30), a jikeleza taxi driver picked up a person in Missionvale Road.

"When the person got in, there were already four other persons in the Toyota Tazz (two male suspects, a female and the driver)," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The female is the girlfriend of Cakwebe. As they were driving, one of the male’s at the back produced a firearm and informed the others that they are being robbed.

"Cash from the back seated male passenger was taken.

"One suspect was seated as a front passenger."

Col Naidu said that the suspects demanded cash from Cakwebe. The victim’s girlfriend proposed to withdraw cash at Kenako Mall, but the suspects opted to go to the Caltex Garage at Bethelsdorp Road.

"The vehicle stopped in Bethelsdorp Road opposite the garage and the girlfriend went into garage and returned with no money. Cakwebe grappled with the suspect with the firearm and two shots went off."

The suspects tried to drive the car, but when it stalled, they abandoned it and ran off.

"Cakwebe sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his upper thigh and succumbed to his injuries at the scene."

Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of murder and robbery.

"Police is appealing to anyone who can assist them in tracing the suspects to urgently contact SAPS Gelvandale on 041 4022018 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. Information will be treated as strictly confidential."

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