UPDATE: Taxify driver ‘torched to death’

Siyabonga Ngcobo. Photo: supplied

Murdered Taxify driver Siyabonga Ngcocbo was still alive when his attackers forced him into the boot of his car and set it alight, it was revealed this week.

According to Ngcobo’s aunt Nobuhle Mbonambi, autopsy results showed he died from smoke inhalation.

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Ngcobo’s remains were found inside the boot of a burnt-out Taxify Chevrolet Aveo near the Unisa Sunnyside campus on 1 March.

It is alleged the young Taxify driver was attacked by a group of rival taxi-meter operators as he was picking a customer up from a church service in Arcadia.

Ngcobo’s death was the latest salvo in the ongoing turf war between metered taxis, Uber and Taxify drivers in the province.

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On Friday, Ngcobo’s fellow TUT students and Not-in-My-Name activists marched in the city centre to demand justice for the murder.

Citizen ZA movement spokesperson Mzwandile Simelani demanded the case be prioritised.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.

“We believe that the killers must be arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible.”

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The minister of police must hold officers accountable for failing to protect those citizens who have become victims of meter taxi violence, he said.

Uber and Taxify drivers also took part in the march.

Gauteng MECs for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and roads and transport Ismail Vadi paid their respects to the family at an event held in Centurion.

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They vowed the people responsible would be brought to book.

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

“The culprits will be found – dead or alive,” she said.

“These bastards have taken his life just like that.”

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Vadi condemned the “barbaric” nature of Ngcobo’s killing.

“This is a despicable act,” he said.

“What kind of human being, or animal, does this? It’s not human behaviour.”

No immediate links were made to metered taxi drivers, but Vadi said the operations of their taxis could be shut down.

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The 21-year-old was a final-year sports management student and had only been a part of the taxi-hailing service for a week.

His funeral was scheduled to take place on Sunday, in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

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