A TAXI owner who was shot dead in Mthatha yesterday is the third member of a rival taxi association to be killed in two months in Eastern Cape.

The 53-year-old man, believed to be the chairman of the Corhana Border sub rank at Circus Triangle Mall in Mthatha, was shot dead in Stofile Street, Ngangelizwe kasi yesterday morning.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the man was shot at about 6am by unknown men travelling in a white Mercedes-Benz. Fatyela said unfortunately the car’s number plate was not seen by witnesses at the scene.

“Two spent cartridges from a rifle were picked up at the scene. No one has yet been arrested,” said Fatyela.

The killing followed that of two others – a taxi owner and driver – who were gunned down in September near Malongwe Village in Port St Johns.

The two were found with gunshot wounds, their hands tied on their backs. Their taxi was found burnt close to where their bodies were discovered.

At the time, Border Alliance Taxi Association president Vuyani Mshiywa said the murder of the two had nothing to do with their rival Uncedo Association but that it was an inside job.

Mshiywa said internal fights over the R61 route between Mthatha and Port St John’s operation boundaries was the cause of the jealous rage among Border members.

“Once the culprits have been found, they will be expelled from the association,” vowed Mshiywa.

Border and Uncedo signed a memorandum of understanding with Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana this year.

The memorandum was aimed at ending their bloody fight over the R61 route.

Fatyela said the latest victim’s name couldn’t be released until his family had been notified. Anyone with information should call Captain Xolile Mdepha on 082 319 8754.