Police have apprehended a suspect on Monday for the murder of four people at Cape Town‘s Joe Slovo taxi rank last week.
Three people were shot and killed, while one was fatally wounded and passed away later in hospital, reports SABC News. The recent shooting has stirred up fears that assassins may be targeting the taxi industry around the city, as the shooting comes exactly one month after the devasting taxi war that gripped the Western Cape.
The 41-year-old suspect was arrested by the provincial Taxi Violence Unit, where a firearm was seized. He appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he faced charges of murder and attempted murder, as per News24.
The suspect has no prior conviction, apart from a reckless driving incident in 2001, for which he paid a R500 fine. The State is looking to oppose bail.
“The suspect from Nyanga is allegedly linked to a shooting incident that occurred at the Joe Slovo taxi rank where three persons were killed last Wednesday. A fourth victim died in hospital after sustaining serious gunshot wounds. The suspect is facing murder and attempted murder charges.” said Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa.
He is currently being held in a prison hospital to not impede treatment for a serious medical condition.