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Taxi boss attacked in broad daylight

Bullets flew all over as another taxi boss came under attack. 

Ntsikelelo Gaehler, 58, who served as president of the Uncedo Service Taxi Association for more than 25 years, was driving his bakkie from Elliotdale with a man called Guga when they were ambushed by nine gunmen in another bakkie near Matshamba.

“We were not speeding as we were driving back home about 2pm.

“Out of the blue we saw a bakkie, and then nine men, all seemingly armed with 9mm pistols, started to fire at us.

“At first I was confused, fearing we would be killed, but Guga instructed me to drive as fast as I could. Miraculously, both of us escaped unscathed. In that hail of bullets only two struck my vehicle.

“This is the third attempt on my life,” he added.

Earlier threats prompted him to step down as president of Uncedo. I decided to step down to save my life.

“I am a family man. I have children and grandchildren and I no longer own taxis. “I am running other businesses.

“I decided to resign rather than toy with my precious life. I am a man of peace and harmony.”

Gaehler has not yet lodged a formal complaint with the police after Sunday’s attack.


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