A 38-year-old alleged hitman who was wanted for the murder of a taxi owner at Ezakheni in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands will appear in the local magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

The suspect who faces charges of murder and attempted murder was arrested on Sunday.

It is alleged that on September 11 – 2019, the accused killed Khumbulani Mazibuko in a hail of bullets while exiting his vehicle.

Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says, “His arrest follows a multi-disciplinary operation that was conducted by the Provincial Organised Crime Unit assisted by Crime Intelligence and the Ulundi Public Order Police on 26 September 2021. The team was following up on intelligence about a wanted murder suspect. The suspect was arrested at the East Mine area in Vryheid.”

In 2020, a taxi owner was shot and killed outside his home in Verulam north of Durban.

It was alleged that that the man was opening the boot of his vehicle when he was ambushed by an unknown suspect.

In September 2020, Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela was called before the Commission of Inquiry into Taxi Violence in Gauteng to account for hundreds of unresolved taxi-related murders.

Meanwhile, in July, independent mediators were brought in an attempt to quell ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape.

At least 14 people have been killed and scores of others wounded in ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape.

Attempt to quell ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape: