Faizel Patel, Radio Islam – 02-12-2019
Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has condemned the violence, and called for restraint following three separate incidents in which five people were killed and nine others injured, including a police officer.
In the first incident near the Plaza Taxi Rank in Olievenhoutbosh on Monday, the driver of a taxi patrol vehicle was fatally shot while three passengers in the car survived the attack.
Later in Wierdabrug, a vehicle with no registration numbers allegedly stopped alongside a stationary taxi where three men allegedly fired shots at the taxi, fatally wounding three men who were inside.
At the same time, a police officer was shot and critically wounded near Mall @55 in Olievenhoutbosch when shots were allegedly fired randomly from an unknown vehicle – Six other victims’ sustained injuries, while one person was declared dead on the scene.
The police’s Mathapelo Peters says cases of murder and attempted murder are being be investigated.
“Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said that in assuring the public that police will work around the clock to ensure that the perpetrators of the violence are found and arrested, and more importantly that the violence does not escalate further.”
Peters says police are duty bound to ensure the safety of commuters who rely on taxis as a means of transport especially during the festive season.