UPDATE: MEC vows to catch taxi killers

MEC Vadi and and an emotional MEC Nkosi-Malobane. Photo: Keitumetse Maako.

The killers of  Taxify driver Siyabongo Ngcobo will be brought to book, Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said on Wednesday.

“These bastards have taken his life just like that,” she told reporters in Pretoria.

“The culprit will be found – dead or alive.”

Ngcobo’s burnt body was found in the boot of a car in Sunnyside on Friday evening.  He was was attacked by a group of men as he was picking a customer up from a church service in Arcadia.

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Nkosi-Malobane and Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi paid condolences to the family in Centurion on Wednesday.

Nkosi-Malobane said she would not rest until those responsible for the murder were behind bars.

Highly-ranked police officers had been deployed to work on the case.

Vadi said the barbaric nature of Ngcobo’s murder was unacceptable.

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“The operations [of metered taxis, Taxify and Uber] will be shut down [if necessary].”

Sunnyside police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said the 21-year-old Ngcobo was a final year student at the Tshwane University of Technology

His funeral service was scheduled to take place in KwaZulu-Natal next week on Sunday, said Nkosi-Malobane.

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