East Rand taxi violence death toll at 5

Police have confirmed that three people have been taken in for questioning.

Police at the scene where three people have been gunned down in Boksburg on the East Rand in what appears to be a fresh wave of taxi violence on 20 November 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll from this morning's suspected taxi violence in Boksburg has risen to five.

Police have confirmed that three people have been taken in for questioning following the incident at the Windmill Park taxi rank.

Emergency Services say four people who sustained gunshot wounds were declared dead on the scene.

A woman, who was run over by a taxi while the driver was trying to make a getaway, was also declared dead on arrival at hospital.

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Spokesman William Ntladi says a further two people were also rushed to hospital.

"Apparently these people were being shot at randomly as they were trying to run away from the assailants. We can confirm that four patients and a fifth patient was transported to hospital, but prior to arrival the patient died."

It's understood that the driver who bumped the woman fled the scene.

It is alleged that the conflict might have been between two taxi associations from Reiger Park and Vosloorus over routes.

Police's Lungelo Dlamini said suspects travelling in a blue Volvo confronted victims who were in a meeting and started shooting at them.

"Four men were fatally shot while they were running away. High calibre firearms were used. A provincial team of detectives have been tasked to investigate the shooting," he said.

Dlamini said that the men are believed to be taxi owners, but could not release their names yet.


A friend of one taxi owner who died on the scene told Eyewitness News that a meeting was called with Boksburg taxi drivers operating in the Windmill Park area when other operators from Vosloorus arrived.

The man who doesn't want to be named for fear of victimisation, says the Vosloorus taxi owners randomly opened fire .

A woman says she was woken by the sound of gun shots going off.

"The shots woke me up this morning. I had to get under my bed."

Community members have gathered and say they're furious that the violence broke out so close to a residential area and also a route used to transport school children.