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DURBAN - Police commissioner General Khehla Sitole condemned the "senseless killing" of people associated with the Ivory-Park and the Kempton Park taxi associations in Gauteng.
A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a minibus taxi on the R74 between Colenso and Weenen on Saturday night.
Preliminary reports indicate that the eleven were among 17 people that were travelling in a taxi coming from a funeral in the province.
It is believed unknown men opened fire on the taxi, fatally wounding 11 people.
Sitole activated a 72-hour action plan consisting of members from specialised units within the police - including Crime Intelligence, the Hawks, and the Special Task Force - to trace and apprehend those responsible for these killings.
This is the latest in a series of attacks on taxis in South Africa.
The country has seen a spate of taxi violence by rival groups vying for dominance on profitable routes.
KZN police confirm “multiple fatalities” in a taxi shooting on the R74 between Colenso & Weenen tonight. Passengers are believed to be from a Gauteng association, heading back after the funeral of a member in Ematimatolo. Other reports suggest as many as 11 dead. TaxiViolence— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) July 21, 2018