Three taxi owners have been shot dead in the Brakpan CBD on the East Rand.

The three were allegedly shot by occupants of a private security vehicle.

Police say the taxi owners had just finished meeting in Tsakane and were on their way to a taxi association office when they came under fire.

Police spokesperson Pearl van Staad says seven other people were wounded.

She says: “It’s taxi related violence which started from a meeting in Tsakane. They then proceeded to the association’s office in Brakpan.”

“When the taxi owners arrived in Brakpan the shooting ensued from a private security company.”