Police deploy taxi task team after another taxi rank shooting

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Police are on high alert in Cape Town after another shooting at a taxi rank – this time in Nyanga – left five people dead and two injured on Monday night.
Earlier on Monday, a man was arrested after seven people – six men and a woman – were injured in a shooting at Cape Town taxi rank.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the South African Police Service has dispatched a special unit to investigate the shooting.

“The Taxi Task Team from the Provincial Detectives unit is now probing the shooting incident that occurred on Monday evening at the Nyanga terminus, where four people were killed and three others injured on the scene by yet-to-be identified assailants,” she said.

Potelwa told VK News that one of the three people injured in the shooting died later in hospital. She said reports from the scene reveal that seven people were sitting in a taxi in Sihlanu Avenue near the Nyanga Terminus, when the gunmen approached and fired several shots at about 21:30.

“Four men between the ages of 30 and 36 died on the scene. Three others were taken to a medical facility after sustaining serious injury. A fifth victim died in hospital. Two other victims who sustained injuries remain in hospital,” she added.

Potelwa said investigators have opened murder and attempted murder cases and the motive for the incident is believed to be taxi-conflict.

Police have bolstered deployments at potential hotspots.