Detectives have launched an investigation following a shooting incident that occurred on Monday evening [November 24] at the Nyanga terminus, where five people were killed and two others were injured by unknown assailants.

According to South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa, reports from the scene reveal that seven individuals were sitting in a taxi in Sihlanu Avenue near the Nyanga Terminus when the gunmen approached and fired numerous shots. This took placeĀ at approximately 9.30pm.

“Four men between the ages of 30 and 36 died on the scene. Three others were taken to a medical facility after sustaining serious injuries. A fifth victim died in hospital. Two other victims who sustained injuries remain in hospital,” Potelwa said via a statement.

The team of investigators are pursuing specific leads. The motive for the incident is believed to be related to taxi-conflict. The investigators have opened murder and attempted murder cases.

In response to the Nyanga shooting incident – and another that occurred at the Cape Town station deck taxi hub where several individuals were injured on Monday afternoon – police have bolstered deployments at potential hotspots.

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