Man found dead in bakkie
POLICE are investigating a case of murder after a man was found dead inside his overturned bakkie on the N2 south-bound highway in Scottburgh on Tuesday.
This was after a wrecked bakkie was found on its roof on the side of the road and his body trapped inside with a gunshot wound to his head.
Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbhele said the man was a 45-year-old taxi operator.
“A case of murder has been opened,” Mbhele said.
Paramedics said upon assessing the man, they found that he had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his head.
ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said: “Upon closer inspection, paramedics discovered the body of a man lying inside the vehicle. Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his head.
“Nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead by another service.”
The exact details surrounding this incident are not yet known and the case has been transferred to the provincial taxi task team for further investigation. No arrests have been made yet.
Late last year, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu said it was high time that the province looked for extraordinary measures to address instability in the taxi industry in particular.
This was after the deputy chairperson of Klipriver taxi association, Muzikayifani Ngobese, four bodyguards and five other people were killed during a shootout in Ladysmith in November.
Mchunu vowed that the provincial government would roll out Project Lethuk’thula, driven through Operation Thulumsindo, to maintain peace and stability in the province.
TAXI VIOLENCE: Nine people were killed in the shoot-out.