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Johannesburg - e-Hailing cab service, Taxify, on Friday said it was saddened to hear of the passing of a driver whose burnt remains were found in the boot of a Taxify car in Pretoria.

Earlier on, it was a reported that the burnt body of a man, now identified as Siyabonga Langelihle Ngcobo, was discovered in the boot of a burnt Taxify Chevrolet Aveo in Sunnyside near the Unisa campus. 

Police at the time said the cause and motive of the incident was not known but that a murder case had been opened. 

Taxify's country manager Gareth Taylor in a statement said the company was saddened to learn of Ngcobo's passing. 

"Taxify’s High Priority Team is currently investigating this as a matter of urgency to aid police in their investigation. Taxify has made contact with the family of the deceased to stand by them during the difficult time and we have contacted the rider to ensure their safety after the incident.

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"Taxify is dedicated to making trips safer for drivers and riders. One such way is through partnerships. For this reason, Taxify has partnered with Namola. Namola is a mobile app that helps users receive emergency assistance at the push of a button when users need it most."

Taylor added that Taxify had encouraged all drivers and riders to download the app and make use of it as "an extra layer of protection". 

Adding to this was Namola CEO Peter Matthaei, who said: "The tragic passing of Ngcobo is both sad and unnecessary. Through our partnership with Taxify, we are working to ensure that incidents like this are easier to prevent in the future".