/ 7 September 2009

No arrests in Santaco murder

A police task team was working ”24/7” to catch the gunmen who murdered the deputy president of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), Vaal Rand police said on Monday.

”No arrests have been made yet but our task team is working 24/7 to catch whoever is responsible,” Inspector Mzimkhulu Mthimkhulu said.

”The motive for the crime has not yet been established,” he said.

Mthuthuzeli Molefe (57) was riding his motorbike on Friday evening when he was shot 20m away from his home. He died at the scene.

Police found six cartridges of a 9mm gun scattered around the scene, with all his belongings still with him.

The suspects fled the scene in a ”silver-grey” car.

It was not clear whether Molefe’s killing was linked to the bus rapid transit (BRT) system launched six days ago or to his involvement in the Evaton Urban Renewal Project, of which he is chairperson.

Santaco and government were still in talks over the taxi industry’s role in BRT projects after the taxi group raised concerns that BRT’s introduction would affect the livelihoods of taxi operators. — Sapa