Durban taxi shooting - more arrests

Amanda Khoza, News24

Durban - Twenty-four people have been arrested for Wednesday’s deadly Brook Street taxi rank shooting, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

“A total of 24 suspects were arrested from both associations [involved] in the conflict. Some of the arrested suspects might be linked to other crimes in the taxi industry and other places.

“They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon,” said police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane.

Three people were shot dead, among them an innocent security guard who was on his way home, and three were injured in the shoot-out at the Port Stepstone taxi line.

The police arrested 11 suspects at the scene and recovered 25 firearms.

It is suspected that the shooting is related to a dispute between Port Shepstone’s Zamokuhle Long Distance Taxi Association and rival operator, the Sonke Long Distance Taxi Association.

Disputes over routes

Sonke is reported to have close links to President Jacob Zuma's taxi boss nephew, Mfundo Gcaba.

The Zamokuhle Long Distance Association recently took the Sonke Long Distance Taxi Association to court regarding its dispute over routes between Durban and the South Coast.

It was reported that Zamokuhle wanted Sonke interdicted from using a major Durban taxi rank, intimidating its members and interfering with their routes. According to a report in The Times, the Durban High Court granted the interdict.

In a bid to quell the tensions, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu obtained an urgent court interdict to prevent the Sonke from invading other taxi routes.

News24 understands that each association lost a member in Wednesday's shooting.