A TAXI boss who was killed in a hail of bullets was the chairwoman of Bergville Taxi Association.

Eunice Ngcobo (53) from Obonjaneni in Bergville, KZN Midlands, was driving with her three kids when they were attacked by unknown suspects.

The suspects opened fire as Eunice was making her way into her home on Monday night.

She was killed instantly, while her 22-year-old daughter was rushed to hospital where she later died. The other two children were also hurt and rushed to hospital.

South African National Taxi Council provincial chairman Sfiso Ntshangase said it was sad that Eunice was killed in such a brutal manner.

“She was chairwoman of her association, a position she got after she inherited taxis from her late husband,” said Ntshangase.

He said Eunice’s husband was also chairman before he was gunned down.

“We’re not saying it’s okay when a male taxi boss is killed, but all we’re saying is that it becomes more sad when a defenceless woman is killed in such a brutal manner.”

Ntshangase said even though they shouldn’t point fingers pending police investigations, they’d be disappointed if the shooting was linked to their industry.

He said: “We thought there was calm within the Bergville Taxi Association. We always preach that partners should sit down and resolve their issues.”

Family member Senamile refused to comment, saying she was very busy.

Transport and Community Safety MEC Bheki Ntuli condemned the shooting.

KZN police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said charges of murder and attempted murder were being investigated by Ematsheni cop shop.

She said the motive for the killing was unknown.