By Jonk wa Mashamba
The Gauteng Traffic Police’s Public Transport Intervention Unit together with the members of the South African Police Service POPS Unit have arrested a 37-year -old suspect linked to a series of killings in the taxi industry in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni policing precinct.
The Gauteng taxi industry has in recent times been marred by incidents of violent killings of taxi owners and operators.
The suspect is believed to have been involved in an incident last year in the Tshwane district outside Pretoria.
One person also died during the incident, while a traffic officer from the Gauteng Traffic Police and a member of the SAPS were injured.
Upon apprehension, the suspect was found in possession of an unauthorized firearm and live ammunition.
Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson said an investigation into the suspected serial killer in the taxi industry continues at this stage.
Maremane said the suspect is expected to appear in court shortly to face charges relating to the murder, illegal possession of firearm and live ammunition.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police commends the work of the members belonging to the Public Transport Intervention Unit and SAPS in the province for acting swiftly to arrest the suspect linked to a series of killings in the taxi industry.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to enforce the rule of law and order in the taxi industry without fear or fear.
“We are confident that the investigation team will unearth more information to ensure that the suspect receives a harsher sentence.
“Lastly, we appeal to taxi operators not to take the law into their own hands by killing each other in an effort to resolve their conflicts,” added Maremane.