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Cape Town on high alert after alleged assassination of taxi boss

A Cape Town taxi boss was allegedly assassinated on Monday. The City is concerned the incident will lead to a flare-up in industry violence and delay the resumption of the MyCiTi N2 Express service.

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Cape Town MyCiti Bus. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Mzoxolo Dibela, one of the leaders of the CODETA taxi association and SANTACO council in the Western Cape, was allegedly gunned down in what appears to be an assassination on Monday, 17 January.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the Western Cape Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi confirmed to The South African that the motive for the attack on Dibela was “taxi-related.”

Swartbooi said Harare police responded to a crime scene at Monwabisi beach at 15:00 on Monday.

“Upon arrival, they found the body of an unknown man next to the road who sustained gunshot wounds to his head,” said the police. Dibela was declared dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The unknown suspects fled the scene and no arrests have been made. The Harare police have opened a murder investigation.


Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell described Dibela as a firm leader who was dedicated to transforming the “image of the minibus taxi industry.”

“I call on the SAPS and enforcement authorities to work around the clock to find Mr Dibela’s killers and bring them to book as soon as possible along with the perpetrators of other taxi-related crimes,” said Mitchell.

The City of Cape Town condemned the alleged assassination and said the incident may lead to a flare-up to the taxi association conflict that marred 2021 and led to the closure of the B97 route between Bellville and Paarl and at least 100 deaths.

“I am pleading with all parties to remain calm, and to work together for the benefit of our commuters and those employed by the industry. I will be calling for a meeting between Codeta, the Mayor and the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works to see how we can assist,” said MayCo Member for Transport, Rob Quintas.

The alleged assassination of Dibela comes in the same week that the contract for the resumption of the MyCiTi N2 Express service between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the City would have been signed.

The operating contract with the N2 company was expected to be signed this week, said Quintas. However, in the wake of the alleged murder, the City is uncertain of the signing of the contract and the future of the N2 express service.

The City of Cape Town said it would reinforce its visibility and monitoring of taxi routes.