RESIDENTS of Ntinyane in Umbumbulu, south of Durban, were shocked when they saw two taximen being shot to death on Thursday.
This is after three taximen were ambushed by armed men while they were driving their VW Golf.
The group of unknown men allegedly fired shots towards the three men before they fled the scene.
Two of the men died instantly, while one was rushed to hospital, where he is fighting for his life.
According to a resident, members of the community feel a taxi war brewing.
“Last month, a taxi owner was shot to death in this area.
“This could be the beginning of a taxi war,” said the resident.
He said he was in his house when he heard the gun shots.
“I went outside to see what had happened, and I saw people running away,” the resident said.
Captain Nqobile Gwala said:
“The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage.
“Two cases of murder, as well as an attempted murder case have been opened for investigation.”
Bonga Makhanya, secretary of the Umbumbulu Taxi Association, said the victims were from Umgugu Taxi Association.
Bhekuyise Msomi, chairman of Umgugu Taxi Association, said he only knew one of the victims.