Eleven South African taxi drivers shot and killed

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Gunmen shot dead 11 taxi drivers returning to Johannesburg from the funeral of a colleague in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a police spokesman said.

The drivers, members of a Gauteng taxi association, were in a minibus driving along the R74 when unknown gunmen launched an ambush and opened fire.
“There was a shooting last night. The vehicle was ambushed. There were 11 fatalities and four were seriously injured and are in hospital,” Kwa-Zulu Natal police spokesman Jay Naicker said.
“We understand they were from a Gauteng taxi association. There has been a lot of taxi violence in the area and we are still investigating who the perpetrators were.”



Minibus taxis are the most popular form of transport in South Africa and violence is common by rival groups vying for dominance on profitable routes.