A relative of the man shot dead during suspected taxi violence in Johannesburg on Sunday has vehemently denied his brother had any involvement in previous taxi-related violence.
Vincent Mpungose and a passenger were shot at while driving close to Eastgate Mall - Mpunguse died from his injuries.
His brother, Mbongiseni Mpungose - himself the chairperson of the Sizwe Taxi Association - claims the shooting is linked to an ongoing taxi war between the Sizwe Taxi Association and the Kliprivier Taxi Association which has spilled over from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.
There has been a continuous fight happening between the different associations and it has been happening for years.— Mbongiseni Mpungose, Brother of deceased and Chairperson - Sizwe Taxi Association
My brother was targeted for years and we are definitely sure that my brother was killed, he was running for his life and I know that they wanted to kill him.— Mbongiseni Mpungose, Brother of deceased and Chairperson - Sizwe Taxi Association
Responding to a claim from a listener to the Xolani Gwala Show, Mpungose denies that his brother was previously involved in any taxi-related killings.
I have never heard of anyone who was killed by my brother...I know nothing about any harm that he was connected with.— Mbongiseni Mpungose, Brother of deceased and Chairperson - Sizwe Taxi Association
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : Taxi association chair denies slain brother was involved in taxi killings