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Nyanga taxi driver murdered

Police are investigating after the man was forced off the road, shot and killed while driving his taxi.

FILE:Western Cape police are currently investigating the murder of a Nyanga taxi driver. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are currently investigating the murder of a Nyanga taxi driver.

Two people were taken into custody on Monday after the man was shot and killed.

The victim was driving on Govan Mbeki Road when he was forced off the road by another taxi.

The police's Andre Traut says, "Two suspects, age 40 and 50 respectively, were arrested by members of the Western Cape Flying Squad. The incident occurred shortly after 1pm where a man was shot on the corner of Govan Mbeki and Eisleben Road."

It's unclear whether the shooting of the Nyanga man is related to a rivalry over routes in the area.

At the same, time there have been several incidents of taxi violence in the Delft area in recent weeks.

In one incident, a man was killed in the crossfire between rival taxi associations while travelling between Khayelitsha and Delft.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says he is gravely concerned over the ongoing violence.

He says taxi violence is taking its toll in the province.

"This is violence which to us seems to be generated by illegal taxi operators who are hoping they will be granted licenses if they carry on."

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