Three people were killed and another eight injured when gunmen opened fire on a minibus taxi in Durban’s Mariannhill area on Friday, police said.

Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen said the taxi was travelling on the M1 road near Mariannhill police station shortly after 4am on Friday.

The taxi was approached by a car whose occupants then opened fire on the taxi, killing two passengers and the driver. Eight other passengers were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

“Heavy calibre weapons” were used by the gunmen, Veldhuizen said.

The taxi belonged to the Kwadangezi taxi association, which has been involved in an ongoing dispute over routes with the neighbouring Mariannhill taxi association.

The names of the three dead have not yet been released.