The drivers, who were members of the Gauteng taxi association, were in a minibus driving along the R74 when unknown gunmen launched an ambush and opened fire.
Sithole noted yesterday that the 11 deceased were associated with the Ivory Park Taxi Association in Gauteng and had been returning to Gauteng from the funeral of an associate when the attack happened.
National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo, said four people were critically wounded and were recuperating in hospital.
A minibus with bullet holes on its side is seen on the road between Weenen and Colenso, in KwaZulu Natal province, South Africa, early Sunday, July 22, 2018.
I commend the law enforcement officers for their swift response in activating a 72-hour action plan consisting of members from specialised units within the police - including Crime Intelligence‚ the Hawks‚ and the Special Task Force - to trace and apprehend those responsible for these killings‚ said Nzimande.
The targeted attack comes days after deadly shootings in Johannesburg.
The eleven were among 17 people that were traveling in a taxi coming from a funeral in KZN heading back to Johannesburg.
Taxis are the most popular form of transport in South Africa and violence between rival associations over lucrative routes has plagued the country for years.
Ten people died in violence related to rivalries among minibus taxi drivers in Cape Town over one weekend in May, local media reported.