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Gunshots at Mall Of Africa as taxi bosses kill each other for the route

PEOPLE came from everywhere last week for the Mall of Africa’s opening and long queues for opening specials were evident in the glittering mall.

But yesterday the place in Midrand, Gauteng, became a battleground for taxi owners who have been fighting over territory.

Police said two people were shot and wounded in the Mall’s parking lot during an alleged taxi dispute.

And police arrested four suspects in connection to the shooting.

Gauteng provincial police spokesman Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said police arrested four suspects and confiscated seven firearms at the scene of the incident. He said investigations into the incident are continuing and more arrests could be made.

Mofokeng said the arrested suspects were detained at the Midrand police station and will face attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition charges.

“The Provincial and cluster commanders applauded officers who swiftly managed to arrest the suspects in what was a fierce fight between taxi associations,” he said.