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    Monday, 23 July 2018

    Gunmen kill 11 and leave four others fighting for life

    Eleven people have been killed and four others critically wounded after gunmen fired on a minibus taking taxi drivers to Johannesburg, South African police have said.
    Police spokesman Jay Naicker said the victims of the Saturday night attack had attended the funeral of a colleague and were returning home when the ambush occurred.
    'There was a shooting at about 8pm (6pm GMT) last night. The vehicle was ambushed. There were 11 fatalities and four were seriously injured and are in hospital.We understand they were from the Gauteng taxi association. 'There has been a lot of taxi violence in the area but we are still investigating who the perpetrators were.'He said the attack happened between the towns of Colenso and Weenen in KwaZulu-Natal province and the victims were from Gauteng province.
    Police are investigating possible motives. 
    Video shows officers at the scene.Tensions between groups of taxi drivers vying for the same routes sometimes spill into deadly violence in South Africa.South African media reported the deaths of 10 people in violence related to rivalries among minibus taxi drivers in Cape Town over one weekend in May. National commissioner of police Khehla Sitole said the men were travelling back to Johannesburg from a colleague´s funeral on Saturday night when they were ambushed."Preliminary reports indicate that that the 11 were among 17 people coming from a funeral... Four victims were critically injured and taken to hospital while two survived unscathed," he said.Police launched a manhunt to find those responsible."We will await for the investigation to advance before speculating on a motive," said Sitole.Private minibuses provide essential transport for millions of South Africans, but violence is common between rival taxi groups as profitable routes are hotly contested.
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