John Neethling and Patrick Cosani gunned down


John Neethling koelbloedig doodgeskiet.   RIV en sterkte aan die familie.
John Neethling from Blackheath , who was shot by two men in Heath Road, managed to drive his white VW Polo Vivo to a nearby garage where he passed away.

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Some sad and shocking news..

32 year old John Neethling shot dead in what would be an attempted Hijacking in black heath as he was taking his kids to school and creche..
He shielded his family and was shot numerous times..
John still managed to drive to safety and stopped at the nearest filling station knowing his family would be safe before collapsing from his fatal gunshot wounds…

He leaves behind 2 kids and a wife..
A life taken too soon.
A life taken at its peak..
Kids who will grow up with no father.
A 1 year old who will never remember her father..

Our hearts go out to his family..


12 June 2019

Two men have been shot dead in separate incidents in Blackheath in Cape Town. Crime scene experts are still combing the area for clues no arrests have been made and the motive for the murders are being investigated.

Patrick Consani, 49, chairperson of Blackheath-Malibu Taxi Association, was shot and killed in front of his house at 6.04am on Tuesday, and a 24-year-old man was shot and killed in his car in Butskopp Road, opposite the petrol filling station, at 6.13am.

Madikizela said the Blackheath-Malibu area had been plagued with route invasions by illegal operators in the past, which has caused flare-ups of violence and sporadic clashes between taxi associations and operators.

He appealed to the police to fast-track the investigation and bring the shooters to book.

“We will not tolerate illegal operations and route invasions and will work closely with the police and other law enforcement authorities to rid the minibus taxi industry of the criminals behind these callous acts.

“My department and I are encouraged by the recent arrests of suspected hit men behind taxi-related killings by the police’s integrated taxi task team,” Madikizela said.

“We hope that these apprehensions will lead to the arrest and conviction of those unscrupulous leaders who have masterminded and paid for these heinous crimes.”

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said one of the biggest causes of such deaths was a spate in available guns with 171 of the murders being by gunshot.

He said the Western Cape Government remained committed to working with various stakeholders, including neighbourhood watches, Community Police Forums and other structures to build safer communities.

*** – 13 June 2019

In a separate incident earlier, the would-be hijackers fatally shot Patrick Cosani, chairman of the Blackheath-Malibu Taxi Association, in his school bus in his driveway.

Relatives say John, 32, was the rock of his family. Every day, he took his one-year-old son to créche and his daughter, 10, to school.

On Tuesday at 6.13am, he had his kids with him as well as his mother-in-law, 54, whom he intended to drop at her work place in Kuils River, when tragedy struck.

Despite being shot, John managed to drive his family to safety, stopping at Buttskop Road opposite a petrol station.

The drama started in Heath Road, where the 49-year-old Cosani was pulling out of his driveway when gunmen opened fire on him through the driver’s side window.

It is understood his minor child had been in the bus.

Cosani, who was the owner of Cosani’s Transport, was killed. His family has refused to speak to the media, saying they were too traumatised.

Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has condemned the violence.

“After hearing about this incident, I immediately instructed officials from my department to meet with the leadership of the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) to discuss how we can jointly work towards ensuring calm in the area and to prevent any acts of retaliation,” said Madikizela.

The Blackheath-Malibu area has been plagued by route invasions by illegal operators in the past, which has caused flare-ups of violence and sporadic clashes between taxi associations and operators.

Meanwhile, John’s brother-in-law, who only wanted to be identified as Wesley, says the family left home just before 6am.

“He was a homely guy, who never went anywhere really except with his family. As my mother explained, as he drove, these two guys ran past and shot him.

“He managed to reverse and drive to the garage with his family, where he passed away. We don’t know why they shot him, maybe they thought he saw something (about the other shooting) or maybe they wanted something from him, but this happened just after the first shooting.

“I just got a call that I must come to the garage and bring a blanket for the baby and I didn’t know what had happened.”

DISTRAUGHT: Cosani’s family is grief-stricken
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, says the circumstances surrounding the two shootings are being investigated.

“The motive for both these shootings is currently unknown.”


Een gedagte oor “John Neethling and Patrick Cosani gunned down”

  1. Your article has many inaccuracies. I’m John Neethlings wife and I would appreciate it if you could reach out to me to correct the mistakes in your article. Thanks


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