South Africa: 11 taxi drivers shot dead

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Taxis are seen at a terminal in Johannesburg, South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead 11 taxi drivers returning to Johannesburg from the funeral of a colleague in Kwa-Zulu Natal. They were in a in a minibus driving along the R74 when unknown gunmen launched an ambush and opened fire about 8pm Saturday. The drivers were members of the Gauteng taxi association. Minibus taxis are the most popular form of transport in South Africa and violence is common by rival groups vying for dominance on profitable routes.

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