By: Kyle James | 07-21-2018 | News
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South Africa - Gunmen Kill 11 Taxi Drivers Returning From Funeral

A terrible massacre took place this weekend in Johannesburg when gunmen ambushed and shot 11 taxi drivers who were returning from a funeral of a colleague in Kwa-Zulu Natal. A police spokesman confirmed Sunday the drivers were members of the Gauteng taxi association.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">11 people have been killed in an ambush shooting along the R74, between Colenso/ Weenen. According to police in Colenso, the 11 people traveling in the taxi, were coming from a funeral in Amatimatolo, where a taxi owner was buried after he was shot in Gauteng: Ladysmith Herald. <a href="https://t.co/rp0qOPOclt">pic.twitter.com/rp0qOPOclt</a></p>&mdash; Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) <a href="https://twitter.com/Abramjee/status/1020758598228619264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The taxi drivers were riding in a minibus that was driving along the R74 when the ambush took place. Gunmen launched the assault on the minibus and opened fire killing 11 and injuring another four. Kwa-Zulu Natal spokesman Jay Naicker said:

"There was a shooting at about 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) last night. The vehicle was ambushed. There were 11 fatalities and four were seriously injured and are in the hospital. We understand they were from the Gauteng taxi association. There has been a lot of taxi violence in the area but we are still investigating who the perpetrators were."

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The taxi business in South Africa is cutthroat and violence is common between taxi services competing against their rivals. The groups fight for dominance over the most profitable routes.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-violence/eleven-taxi-drivers-shot-dead-in-south-africa-on-return-from-funeral-idUSKBN1KC06X

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