A shooting in Voortrekker Road, Bellville left two people dead and another two injured on Tuesday, February 16. Provincial police said the matter was related to the taxi industry.
The incident occurred on the busy main road in the town at the corner of Voortrekker Road and Blanckenberg Street, which is a short distance from Bellville’s transport interchange where thousands of commuters catch taxis, buses and trains daily.
A 31-year-old man, along with another in his fifties, was killed in the incident at approximately 3.50pm, said police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana to News24.
“The incident is taxi-related, and police are still following up on information to locate the victims that were injured,” said Rwexana.
Two other individuals sustained critical injuries in the shooting and they were provided with life support interventions from emergency responders before being transported to a nearby hospital.
A firearm from one of the men killed was taken in as evidence by police. No arrests have been made yet.
In November 2020, shootings at transport hubs took place on consecutive days. Five people were killed and two more injured at the Nyanga terminus on Monday, November 24. The incident was also believed to be related to taxi-related conflict. The victims were sitting in a taxi in Sihlanu Avenue near the Nyanga terminus when they were attacked at approximately 9.30pm.
Earlier that day six people were injured in a shooting at the Cape Town Railway Station deck at approximately 12.25pm.
In total, the Western Cape recorded 92 taxi-related murders and 51 attempted murders and injuries in 2020, provincial Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.
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