Commuters hurt in East Rand taxi-violence shoot-out

Two commuters and a taxi driver were injured when they were caught in the crossfire of a taxi-violence shoot-out in Edenvale on Thursday.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Inspector Jimmy Maboko said between 100 and 150 members of the Germiston Taxi Association and the Tembisa Taxi Association had gathered and began shooting at each other.

The taxi associations were apparently fighting over the areas of Van Riebeeck, Easley, Sebenza and Greenstone in Edenvale.

“During the crossfire two members of the public were seriously injured by bullets,” said Maboko.

South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Richard Zuma said a taxi driver was also seriously injured.

He said a docket of attempted murder had been opened.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said two injured commuters had been waiting for transport home.

“The two men were found lying metres from each other.

“One was treated for a gunshot wound to his head. The second commuter was shot in the leg,” he said.

The men were taken to a local hospital.
They were in a serious but stable condition, said Vermaak.—Sapa

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