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Limpopo Provincial Commissioner orders immediate manhunt for suspects after taxi owner was gunned down in Polokwane

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered an immediate manhunt after a taxi owner was brutally shot and killed in broad daylight allegedly by two unknown suspects at Polokwane CBD on Saturday, 15 April 2023 at about 15:55.

It is alleged that taxi owner, Bernad Kgabo Phihlela (50), affiliated to the Seshego Polokwane Taxi Association (SPTA), was at the City Centre Taxi rank when two male suspects fired multiple gunshots at him. The assailants, whose faces were not covered, fled the scene on foot after the attack. The victim was declared dead on the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.

A case of murder was opened and it is being investigated by the Provincial Taxi Violence Investigation Unit, which specialises in taxi related crimes.

The Provincial Commissioner, has instructed the members of this task team to hunt down those responsible for this horrendous crime and bring them to book.

Police appeal to anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects to urgently contact Colonel Kgadiswana Mnisi on 082 565 8601 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180