Taxi drivers anywhere in the world are particularly vulnerable to armed robbers. Short of cash, Solomon Ngobeni hired taxi driver Mackson Kubayi in the Northern Province of the Transvaal one night in October 1987, robbed him and shot him dead.

Ngobeni was a career criminal with previous convictions for rape, theft and illegally possessing firearms. He was sentenced to death and hanged at Pretoria Prison on Tuesday, November 14th, 1989.

Capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in the new post-apartheid South Africa in June 1995, and removed from the statute book in November 1998.