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Passenger killed and two injured in taxi attack

A woman was shot dead and a man and a woman were injured after the minibus taxi they were waiting to fill up with more commuters in Philippi, Cape Town, was ambushed by armed criminals.

A Philippi resident speaking anonymously said: “I stood next to the Toyota Quantum taxi, waiting for an Avanza going to the mall. While standing there, I saw a man carrying a big gun, but it never crossed my mind that he was going to shoot at people. The way he carried it, I thought it was a toy.”

A few minutes later, she heard gunshots and the man carrying the “big gun” was shooting at the taxi.

“As soon as he started shooting, more men came and joined him. I was saved by a taxi driver who took out his gun and shot back at the suspects,” she said.

“He saved my life because I could’ve been hit by a stray bullet. What is happening is bad because passengers have nothing to do with what is happening now. Imagine getting into a taxi and dying for something that you don’t even know.”

Five Cape Town taxi drivers have been reported shot dead inside their taxis since last week.

Nkululeko Sityebi, the spokesperson for the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association, said: “For now, we don’t know what is causing all of this. We are still trying to find the reason.”

Western Cape SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie said Nyanga police opened a murder docket and two attempted murder dockets for further investigation.

“Preliminary information reveals that the taxi was loading commuters when unknown gunmen armed with rifles opened fire on the taxi,” said Pojie. “The driver managed to run away, but a lady in her mid-thirties succumbed to gunshot wounds in her upper body.”

The two injured passengers, a man and a woman, were rushed to a medical facility for treatment.

Pictured above: A female passenger was shot and killed inside a taxi by gunmen who opened fire on the taxi that was loading commuters.

Image source: Supplied