Murdered Taxify driver’s family devastated

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Zodidi Mhlana

JOHANNESBURG- The family of a Taxify driver whose remains were discovered 8km from his burnt vehicle in Soweto has been devastated by his killing.

Moipolai Sekati,44, from Soweto was found on Thursday after he went missing on Wednesday this week. His family began searching for him at police stations, hospitals, and morgues before his body was discovered. His body was at Baragwanath morgue on Thursday with two bullet wounds.

The owner of the vehicle which the Sekati drove described his death as painful.

Angela Leboa said: “It’s upsetting for us and the family. When we started looking for him, I thought we were going to find him in the hospital maybe beaten. He was part of the family, he was our driver. I knew that he would take care of our car.

Leboa believed that Sekati’s killing was related to the violence seen between meter taxi and Uber and Taxify drivers.

“Nothing was taken from the car, so I suspect his death is related to the violence. The car was not stripped. The engine was still there.”

She described Sekati as a “loving and a sweet person.”

Police spokesperson Captain Hector Netshivhodza on Friday said a case of murder and damage to property had been opened.

 “He went to work as a Taxify driver and never came back. His cousin informed the owner of the car. They looked for him and informed the tracker. The tracker recovered the car he was driving in Dobsonville and it had been set alight. He was shot and killed at Protea Glen extension on Wednesday night. His body was found by a passer-by who alerted the police,”

Asked if the latest death was linked to violence between mater taxis and e-hailing taxi services, Netshivhodza: “We can’t link it to taxi violence. We are carrying on with the investigation. We don’t know the motive behind the killing.”

Early in March, Siyabonga Ngcobo, 21, a Tshwane University of Technology student who worked as a driver for Taxify was found dead and burnt in the boot of his vehicle. A group of men attacked him as he was responding to a request for a lift.

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