DEATH IN EXILE: Still no answers in murky case of Rwandan Taxify driver shot dead in Cape Town

DEATH IN EXILE: Still no answers in murky case of Rwandan Taxify driver shot dead in Cape Town By Carien Du Plessis @carienduplessis

11.9.2019

DEATH IN EXILE: Still no answers in murky case of Rwandan Taxify driver shot dead in Cape Town By Carien Du Plessis carienduplessis

On 30 May 2019, Rwandan Bolt (Taxify) driver Camir Nkurunziza was hijacked and killed in Cape Town in an incident that involved three suspects and some police officers. The first court appearance left his widow dejected as it was postponed for still further investigations.

birthday on the last day of May, the wheels of the South African justice system have been grinding all too slow.

, in June, was for a bail hearing. Due to the seriousness of the alleged crimes they were kept in custody.

The suspects, who were neatly dressed and well-groomed, are to remain in custody. The prosecutor said the ballistics report was still outstanding, and the magistrate mentioned that proof was needed that Nkurunziza was working as an Uber driver (Nkurunziza was, in fact, working through the app of Uber’s cheaper competitor, Bolt, also known as Taxify, at the time of his death, his widow said. It wasn’t clear whether the court knew this, or whether the officials were using the generic term “uber” for ride-share drivers).

Rwandan High Commissioner Vincent Karega rubbished from the start, although the South African government has blamed Rwandans in the past for assassinations and attempted assassinations of opposition members

Nkurunziza was a Rwandan dissident, affiliated with the opposition party in exile, the Rwandan National Congress (RNC). His death came a week after another RNC dissident, Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara”, appeared in a Rwandan court for the “formation of an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts, conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts, taking persons hostage, murder and looting”, according to the

But the matter of “Sankara”, and the riddle that is the South African criminal justice system – and her own gut feel – are all Kabasindi has to go by.

Kabasindi said there were no bullet holes from outside the car and all the damage was done from inside the car, which was fixed after the forensics on it had been completed and which is being used by Kabasindi to get around, including to the court yesterday.

There was a knife in Nkurunziza’s left hand, but Kabasindi said her husband was right-handed, so her theory is that the knife was put into his hand after he died. There is, of course, also the painful, if remote, possibility that her husband might have been involved in criminal dealings that he didn’t share with his family, but there’s been no suggestion of that other than from those opposed to his politics.

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