Four arrested in J’Bay taxi war murders case

Four suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the double murder of a taxi boss and his driver in Jeffreys Bay last weekend.

Taxi owner Mthobeli Matyumza, 51, and his driver, Sivuyile Ntontole, 32, were shot dead in Matyumza’s house in John Dube Street in the town’s Mandela area on Sunday night.

Yesterday, police insiders revealed that they were following up on leads that the killings were linked to a war between local taxi operators.

Two of the suspects are from Port Elizabeth.

Police spokeswoman Captain Gerda Swart said the breakthrough had come after detectives arrested two suspects in New Brighton at 4am on Thursday.

“Further investigations led the team to an address in Jeffreys Bay where two more suspects live. They were also arrested for being implicated,” she said.

All four men – aged between 17 and 39 – will appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Swart said that no firearms had been recovered but they were still following up on leads.

Asked if the murders were linked to a brewing taxi war, Swart said this would form part of the investigation.

“All angles are being investigated,” she said.

Matyumza and Ntontole were killed when three men entered the taxi boss’s house and shot them in the lounge.

Matyumza’s wife, who had been outside in the garden, was ushered into the house at gunpoint. After the shooting, she managed to break free from one of the suspect’s grasp and escape. She alerted neighbours.

The three men fled seconds later, empty handed, with nothing stolen.

Newly-appointed Humansdorp Cluster Commander Brigadier John le Bok said the arrests were a result of the commitment of the police.

“Members of the Humansdorp police will remain focused and steadfast in their mission to fight crime effectively in their area and to bring culprits to book,” he said.

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