Well-known taxi driver Rendani “Munyama” Ramathuthu. Photo supplied.

Well-known taxi driver gunned down at Ha-Rabali

News - Date: 14 June 2024


A well-known long-distance taxi driver was shot and killed at Ha-Rabali village last Wednesday (5 June). Some residents believe that his death could be linked to a soccer violence incident that occurred a few weeks ago in the area, while others believe it may be a revenge attack linked to abusive behaviour.

Last week’s shooting incident happened at around 19:45. The police spokesperson in Vhembe, W/O Dathi, said the police at Mphephu Police Station were investigating a murder case. “It is alleged that the deceased was at Bandela Bar Lounge, which is situated in Rabali village, when he was called by an unknown person who was outside the premises. He went out to the street, and while still there, gunshots were heard. According to the information, a white Toyota Fortuner with an unknown registration number was seen leaving the place at high speed immediately after the shots were fired. The deceased's body was found lying on the ground with his head covered in blood.”

Dathi stated that the deceased’s body was examined, and two bullet wounds were noticed on his upper body. “The deceased was identified as the 33-year-old Rendani Ramathuthu from Rabali village. The motive and suspects are currently unknown. Any information that can assist the police in tracking down the culprits can be relayed to the investigating officer, Sgt Tshifhiwa Khwilimba, on 079 580 4838 / 081 317 2422. The police investigation continues,” he added.

Rendani Ramathuthu, also known as Munyama, was a popular long-distance taxi driver who enjoyed watching local football during his spare time. Some believe that this hobby of his may be linked to his death.

Last month, Limpopo Mirror reported on the violent clash that erupted between fans of Rabali Pull Together FC and Matanda Rockers' fans at Tshifulanani Stadium. The initial altercation resulted in one fan’s being stabbed and hospitalised. The following day, in a tragic turn of events, the victim’s brother sought revenge but was subsequently killed by an angry mob of community members.

One brother was buried at Tshituni graveyard on Saturday, 25 May, while the other was discharged from Tshilidzini Hospital on Wednesday, 22 May.

Late last week, news of Rendani Ramathuthu’s death quickly spread on social media. Many of the people who commented had mixed feelings about his death. He was accused of living a violent life and not respecting women.


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Maanda Bele

Maanda  Bele, born and raised in Nzhelele Siloam, studied journalism at the Tshwane University of Technology.

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He worked as part of the Zoutnet team as an intern in 2017.

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