JOHANNESBURG, July 22 — South African police said Sunday that they are investigating a deadly shooting which lead to 11 deaths on Saturday night.
South Africa Police Service said in twitter that “Last night a taxi from GP (Gauteng Province), transporting taxi as members who attended a funeral at Ematimotolo, came under fire on R74 between Colenso & Weenen. Unknown suspects jumped into the road from the bushes and opened fire at the taxi. Several fatalities.”
According to local media, police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker confirmed that there had been 11 fatalities, while four people were seriously injured.
The victims were allegedly from a taxi association in Gauteng. The police said they had dispatched taxi violence unit to the scene.
South Africa taxi operators often clashes with each other for ranking facilities and routes. Cases of death caused by taxi war appear in newspapers from time to time.
On April 27, a group of heavily armed gunmen stormed a taxi rank in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing one and seriously injuring three others. Following the incident, police arrested 16 suspects and seized 17 firearms.