The 53-year-old was discovered with bullet wounds at the Seshego Circle Centre, and police claim his assailants are still on the loose.
“The Police in Seshego, outside of Polokwane, are requesting urgent information from community members that can assist in apprehending unknown assailants responsible for the murder of a Taxi Association Chairperson, whose bullet-riddled body was discovered inside his vehicle at the Seshego Circle Center at about 17:20 yesterday,” said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Mojapelo said that preliminary investigations into the incident have revealed that “an unknown number of assailants approached in a white Toyota Fortuner without registration numbers and shot him several time before fleeing the scene”.
Taxi violence ‘cannot be ruled out’
Taxi violence flared up in the Western Cape last year, and just last week Mzoxolo Dibela, one of the leaders of the CODETA taxi association and Santaco council in the Western Cape, was gunned down in another assassination.
Mojapela said that police are currently investigating the motivation for the murder, but conceded that “taxi violence cannot be ruled out”.
Provincial Police Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, appealed to community members to provide valuable information that can lead to the arrest of the assailants.
“Members of the community may contact Warrant Officer Kwena Malebana on 079 7081670 or Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501, the Crime Stop number 0860010111or the nearest police,” he said.