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‘Our family has lost a pillar of strength and a breadwinner’

Jabu Mahlangu was in Tembisa when she was caught in an alleged shoot-out between rival taxi associations.

FILE: Family members of the woman killed during Tembisa taxi rank shooting console each other at the scene on 28 July 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The sister of a woman shot dead at a taxi rank in Tembisa this week, has told Eyewitness News she was killed during a visit to her mother's home in the area.

Jabu Mahlangu was in Tembisa with her two young children when she was caught in the crossfire of what's believed to have been a shoot-out between rival taxi associations.

Three other people were wounded in the same shooting on Tuesday.

Mahlangu's sister, Sandra, says the family has lost a pillar of strength and a breadwinner.

"She was a single mother just like our mother"

45-year-old Mahlangu lived in Kempton Park with her two children aged 18 and 12, but often visited her family home in Mangweni in Tembisa.

Her sister says the family is devastated by what they describe as senseless violence.

She says they are angry and can't understand why some taxi drivers risk the lives of the very people who support them every day.

"These are innocent people who are going to work and support them."

A memorial service will be held for Mahlangu at the National Prosecuting authorities' head offices in Pretoria, where she worked as a librarian.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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