Ladysmith crash, shooting death toll rises to 11

Ladysmith crash, shooting death toll rises to 11

The death toll of a shooting and subsequent crash in Ladysmith has risen to 11.

Crime scene, police tape

Police say an eleventh victim has died in hospital.

Gunmen travelling in two cars opened fire on a taxi boss near Matiwaneskop on Tuesday morning.  

Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says the man - a deputy chairperson of a local taxi association -  and his four bodyguards were ambushed on the N11.

It appears to have been a hit. 

"The deputy chairperson of the Klipriver Taxi Association was travelling with his bodyguards in a double cab when they were ambushed. Several shots were fired towards them."

Mbele says the five have died. 

"The driver then lost control of the vehicle and collided with a taxi which is believed to be a staff vehicle for teachers," she says. 

Five people, who were travelling in the taxi, died at the scene. 

Police say forensic experts are still busy assessing the crime scene.

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