A taxi driver has died and 15 suspects behind bars after taxi violence broke out in Mbekweni in Paarl on Wednesday.
Capt. FC van Wyk, Western Cape police spokesperson, said residents called police to the Mbekweni train station after shots were fired at taxi drivers.
A forty-nine-year-old man from Mbekweni was arrested and a 9 mm Norinco pistol and nine bullet magazine were found with him. A second arrest followed when a 62-year-old taxi driver from Khayelitsha was arrested.
“A twenty-six-year-old bystander was wounded in the shooting and a 40-year-old taxi driver was found dead in a shack,” Van Wyk said.
Several 9 mm and R4 bullets were found at the scene.
Van Wyk says the taxi drivers fled the scene, but thanks to the good behavior of police members, they were stopped in Lady Gray Street, at the Paarl taxi rank.
A total of 13 suspects, aged between 24 and 48, and all from Khayelitsha, were arrested for possession of ammunition and a firearm.
“One of the men arrested, a 48-year-old man, was found wounded in a taxi and taken to a hospital for treatment. He is under police supervision. “
Two police officers who rushed to the scene to help with the arrests were involved in an accident along the way and sustained minor injuries, Van Wyk said. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.
The suspects will be charged with murder, attempted murder, as well as possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.