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Police search for four suspects after taxi boss murder

It’s understood the victim was shot several times by the men, in Lombardy West earlier today.

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JOHANNESBURG - Police have launched a manhunt for four men who allegedly shot and killed a taxi boss in Lombardy West, east of Johannesburg.

It's understood the victim was shot several times by the men, on Canning Street Road today.

The taxi boss was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The police's Kay Makhubele says, "The motive of the killing is unknown, however we can't rule out taxi violence related issues. But, we are continuing with our investigation. We have opened a case of murder and attempted murder."

Meanwhile, he Gauteng community safety department says its "distraught and disappointed" by the latest taxi industry related deaths, amid discussion to resolve the ongoing dispute over routes the city region.

The department says it's made itself clear that no association has been issued with a permit to operate new routes around the Mall of Africa.

Spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa says despite the killings, the Gauteng government is open to discussion to resolve the disputed routes.

"We are hoping that these are just some criminal elements who are trying to derail our discussions, but we maintain that our doors are still open for negotiations between the taxi associations and the Gauteng city region."

LISTEN: taxi violence over Mall of Africa route