South Africa violence latest: 4 bodies found in sports field


Reports say four bodies have been discovered in Hout Bay, Cape Town, this morning, following taxi (commuter omnibus) wars that have been occurring in the coastal City as well as other cities in South Africa.

Western Cape Provincial Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut has said four bodies were found on Monday morning in a sports field, and two taxi passengers have been injured.

These taxi wars have been taking place between rival taxi associations fighting over control of routes through Hout Bay.

Police and the City of Cape Town’s metro police are on the scene in the area.

They say that gunmen opened fire on taxis parked along a road.

Scores of residents in the area watched on as authorities swamped the area.

Hout Bay and Llandudno Councillor Roberto Quintas earlier confirmed that three bodies had been found, with another one, who is reported to be a taxi driver, having being shot dead in the area last week.

Eight people were arrested following the incident.

While traffic through the area is slow, no roads have been blockaded this morning,” said Quintas.

He says western Cape authorities have suspended operating licenses of two taxi associations who’s battles over route control through Hout Bay continue.

— News24

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