51-year-old suspect arrested for Langa taxi rank shooting

Western Cape Saps spokesperson Lt Col Andre Traut, has confirmed that in the early hours of Friday a 51-year-old male was arrested in connection with the shooting that took place at the Langa taxi rank on Thursday.

Two people died while nine people were injured in a dispute believed to be about taxi routes between Langa and Athlone.

Read: WC government raises concerns over taxi conflicts being taken to taxi ranks

During the early hours of this morning, a 51-year-old male was arrested and he is linked to the tow murders as well as the nine attempted murder at Langa taxi rank.

Lt Col Andre Traut, Western Cape Saps spokesperson

We are also looking at the possibility of this suspect being linked to the earlier incident that took place on February 10 where somebody was shot and killed.

Lt Col Andre Traut, Western Cape Saps spokesperson

The suspect is due to make an appearance at the Athlone Magistrate Court on Monday, confirms Traut.

The police are continuing with the investigations and there's a possibility of more arrests being made in connection with the incident.

Traut says police visibility has been increased in the area, following the shooting on Thursday.

This morning, residents of Langa woke up to members of the police force doing search operations and we will stay there to curb the violence.

Lt Col Andre Traut, Western Cape Saps spokesperson

We would look at other taxi operations in the province to ensure the safety of commuters...

Lt Col Andre Traut, Western Cape Saps spokesperson

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