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23 JUNE 2020MEC Ntuli and MEC Mshengu Condemn The Attack Of A Taxi Transporting Teachers In WartburgKwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli, has deployed a police task team to investigate incidents of taxi-related violence in the province following the fatal shooting of a taxi driver who was ferrying teachers from Masijabule High School this morning.
Preliminary reports reveal that a taxi transporting school teachers was shot at in Bruyns Hill, Wartburg by unknown assailants. Three teachers sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for medical attention. While the taxi driver from the Swayimane Taxi Association sustained gunshot wounds in the upper body and was declared dead on the scene.
MEC for Education in Kwazulu-Natal Kwazi Mshengu visited the scene of the incident and said the department is sending psychologists to the school to counsel both pupils and teachers. MEC Mshengu further wished teachers who have sustained injuries a speedy recovery.
MEC Ntuli strongly condemned the attack and said government and the police are paying special attention to the Swayimane Taxi Association as well as other associations that continue to experience violence, in order to build peace and stability.
“Those responsible for this heinous crime will not go unpunished. A police task team has now taken over the investigation of this case and I am confident that soon they will make a breakthrough. Many innocent people have been seriously injured and killed, including several taxi operators, as a result of taxi violence. This has caused major disruption to public transport services. We will do all that is possible to achieve stability in the taxi industry and ensure our communities no longer live in fear,” MEC Ntuli said.
MEC Ntuli extended his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and urged police to find the killers with speed.
Wartburg Police are investigating charges of murder and attempted murder and no arrest has been made at this stage while investigations continue.