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Ladysmith taxi boss killed amid talks between rival associations - dept

Both the Klipriver and Sizwe Taxi Associations are claiming to be the rightful owners of routes in the area but a court has ruled in favour of the Klipriver group.

The scene of a crash in Ladysmith where 11 people were killed. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal Transport and Community Safety Department says the latest killing of a taxi boss in Ladysmith comes amid negotiations between two rival associations.

Eleven people have been confirmed dead after the taxi boss and four of his guards were ambushed on a highway causing their car to crash into a minibus, killing five people.

A sixth person from the second vehicle died on arrival at hospital.

Eyewitness News understands that on Monday, a member of one of the associations was also murdered.

Both the Klipriver and Sizwe Taxi Associations are claiming to be the rightful owners of routes in the area but a court has ruled in favour of the Klipriver group.

Spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa says: “Just last week, the MEC for Transport Mxolisi Kaunda in KwaZulu-Natal, was in Ladysmith to meet with the two associations and we agreed that they will put a stop to this ongoing violence.”