Investigations Underway After Fatal Shooting of Cape Town e-Hailing Driver


According to reports, police are investigating a murder case following the fatal shooting of an e-hailing driver at Samora Machel in Cape Town on Sunday evening.

The driver was allegedly dropping off a client when unknown assailants attempted to hijack him and, in his tempts to flee, he crashed into a salon at Oliver Tambo Drive.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed a case of murder was being investigated following an incident at the corner of Lilian Ngoyi and Oliver Tambo in Philippi. Rwexana said, “According to information, the police responded to the complaint at the address. Upon their arrival they found the victim inside a VW Polo with a gunshot wound; he died on the scene due to his injuries. The incident is being investigated by the police, with no arrests yet,”.

Bolt South Africa manager Gareth Taylor said the company was aware of the incident and their high priority team was alerted to investigate the matter and was engaging with the Samora Machel police.

“As of 5 pm yesterday, Bolt has yet to receive confirmation of the driver’s details, and so is unable to confirm the victim was registered on the Bolt platform. Bolt condemns violence in any form directed towards e-hailing drivers,” he said.

Taylor urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Samora Machel Police Station.

Recently, in an unrelated case, another driver was stabbed 15 times and robbed of his phone and money near Mfuleni, after a client requested a ride from Forest Village to Zevenwacht mall.