Taxi owner gunned down at rank

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Naz­iziphiwo Buso bu­son@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A PORT El­iz­a­beth taxi owner was gunned down dur­ing the early-morn­ing work com­mute at the taxi rank on the cor­ner of Go­van Mbeki Av­enue and Hol­land Street yes­ter­day.

Mzuk­isi Kiti, 44, was shot in the head at the taxi ter­mi­nus with dozens of peo­ple nearby.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Jo­han Rheeder con­firmed the shoot­ing.

“We got a call at 7.10am about a shoot­ing. The man from Walmer Town­ship was shot in the head at close range," Rheeder said.

He said two sus­pects had fled in a red VW Golf.

A wit­ness to the murder, who de­clined to be named, said she had seen two men walk­ing up and down Hol­land Street.

“They then came down the road again, and one of them was on the phone. Mzuk­isi ar­rived driv­ing a Boarder Taxi Al­liance ve­hi­cle.”

She said as he parked the ve­hi­cle, one of the men shot him in the head.

“My big­gest fear is that this could be the start of more taxi violence,” the woman said

Kiti’s brother, Them­balethu Kiti, said: “I do not know what hap­pened and do not know why he was killed.”

Mzuk­isi, also known as “Qondy”, was a well-known taxi owner with four ve­hi­cles.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

SHOT IN HEAD: A 44-year-old taxi owner from Walmer was gunned down at the ter­mi­nus rank in Port El­iz­a­beth. The man was iden­ti­fied as Mzuk­isi Kiti, a fa­ther of five and owner of four taxis op­er­at­ing from the rank

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