Police are on the scene at Bosman Taxi Rank in Pretoria following a shooting incident on Friday morning 11 December 2020. According to reports, five people were rushed to the hospital for the treatment of their injuries.
BOSMAN TAXI RANK SHOOTING
Accoridng to SAPS Captain Kay Makhubela, five people including two taxi operators and three commuters, were injured. No fatalities have been reported at this stage.
Makhubela said information is still sketchy at this point, however, two unknown suspects arrived at the Bosman taxi rank on foot and fired shots “indiscriminately”.
Police have since launched a search for the suspects.
“We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the crime stop number 08600 10111 or contact police at Pretoria Central SAPS,” added Makhubela.
Tshwane EMS spokesperson Charles Mabaso said shots could be heard around 6:30 on Friday morning.
“Shortly after that, a male with gunshot wounds arrived at the fire station and was treated by paramedics on duty. He was followed by a female and male patient also with gunshot wounds, they were treated at the station and a fire truck was dispatched to the taxi rank,” said Mabaso.
Mabaso said firefighters then found other patients that were injured.
CAPE TOWN STATION SHOOTING
Apart from the Bosman taxi rank shooting on Friday, there was a similar incident at the Cape Town station at the end of last month whereby seven people were injured – six men and one woman. As previously reported by The South African, a woman in a wheelchair was among those who were injured. Police said the possibility that it was related to the taxi industry could not be ruled out.
Therafter a total of six suspects had been arrested in connection with the shooting. Two people were arrested first and then followed by a further four people.
“The Provincial Task team together with Railway police arrested four suspects aged between 31 and 35 in connection with the shooting incident that occurred on Monday in Cape Town. They will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s [Court] tomorrow where they are facing charges of attempted murder,” said Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.
“According to information unidentified suspects shot and wounded people at the station deck before fleeing in various directions while still discharging shots,” said Rwexana.
“The possibility that the incident is related to the taxi industry is not ruled out,” added Rwexana.