Taxi driver in custody after shooting

A taxi driver shot and killed a man in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday.

A man was shot and killed by a taxi driver in the Johannesburg CBD on 28 August, 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerin/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A taxi driver has shot and killed a man in the Johannesburg city centre.

The 30-year-old man was shot dead by the taxi driver on Bree Street on Wednesday, reportedly after the two had an argument.

The police's Xoli Mbele said the suspect has been remanded in custody.

"The suspect was arrested and his firearm was confiscated. He's facing a charge of murder and will appear soon in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court."

Mbele said authorities are investigating the motive behind the murder.

TAXI VIOLENCE INCREASING

Last month, the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Western Cape cautioned more people will die if police do not cooperate in curbing taxi violence.

At least 35 incidents of murder and attempted murder have rocked the volatile industry in the last year.

Santaco's Riedwaan Cornish said some names of the alleged hit men have been handed to police, but no arrests have been made.