Taxi Feud Escalates: Fatal Shootout Claims Lives in Lusikisiki/Port St Johns Areas

The ongoing feud between taxi associations operating in the Lusikisiki/Port St Johns areas has taken a tragic turn, claiming lives in a violent shootout at the Port St Johns taxi rank. Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Nomthetheleli Mene is urging the feuding parties to collaborate and find amicable solutions to prevent further loss of innocent lives.

Preliminary reports reveal that on Tuesday, 16 January, in the morning (exact time unknown), two taxi associations engaged in a shootout, resulting in fatal injuries to three security officials from the Lusikisiki taxi association. Additionally, five individuals from the Port St Johns side sustained gunshot wounds, and an 11-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet, requiring hospital treatment. The violence escalated as three vehicles were set ablaze during the attack.

Multi-disciplinary forces have been deployed to the area, with nine suspects already apprehended. The police presence will be maintained until the situation stabilizes.

Lt Gen Mene strongly condemns the criminal behavior, emphasizing that such lawlessness will not be tolerated, especially when innocent lives are at risk.

“We immediately call on all stakeholders to come forward and engage in constructive discussions and urgently find a solution to avoid further loss of lives,” stated Lt Gen Mene.

The incident underscores the urgency for a peaceful resolution to the longstanding disputes between the taxi associations, emphasizing the need for cooperation among all parties involved.

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