Man found dead in bakkie

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - IN­DIE BOYCE in­diphileb@the­newage.co.za

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.

PIC­TURE: THAPELO MOREBUDI

TAXI VI­O­LENCE: Nine peo­ple were killed in the shoot-out.

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