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Police appeal for leads after KwaMhlanga taxi boss gunned down

Jul 30, 2018
Police appeal for leads after KwaMhlanga taxi boss gunned down

Members of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga are looking for suspects responsible for the murder of a 38-year-old man, Isaac Sello Letsoalo along a public road at Pankop, Mmametlhake, near KwaMhlanga, on Sunday evening.

"Letsoalo’s body was discovered by police members who were conducting patrol duties around the area when they noticed a white Volkswagen Polo Vivo with GP registration parked next to the road," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

"They then stopped to search it. It was during the search process that they found a man in a sitting position next to the open driver’s door outside the vehicle, profusely bleeding from the face.

"Upon closer scrutiny, the members noticed that the victim had sustained multiple bullet wounds somewhere on the upper body but still breathing. However, he was certified dead by paramedics when they arrived at the scene."

Upon further investigation, it was established that an unknown white sedan came and stopped next to the victim's vehicle and opened fire before making a U-turn and fleeing the scene.

"The motive for the murder is currently unknown but police are not ruling out the possibility of it being related to an ongoing taxi feud in the area," Brig Hlathi said.

"As a result of this heartless act, the police have opened a murder case for investigation and no one has been arrested as yet. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation, is urged to contact Capt Jan Phofele at 079 499 5244 or the SAPS Crime Stop number, 08600 10111."