Gauteng taxi war: Soweto assoc

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Gauteng taxi war: Soweto associations agree to drop guns

Opposing Soweto taxi associations have agreed to cease the taxi war. An official peace deal is set to be signed.

Gauteng taxi war: Soweto assoc

Image: @YusufAbramjee/ Twitter

Soweto’s warring taxi organisations are putting guns down, the decision to end the taxi war was communicated on Wednesday 9 October. Reports say the main suspects are taxis that operate from outside the City of Gold.


As reported by The South African this week, hell broke loose when no less than six taxis were set alight in Soweto.

According to the Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo, the two parties have decided dropping weapons is the better decision for all.

Mamabolo met with the relevant leaders of the two associations on the taxi war to confirm peace restoration – but says the organisations are still moments away from officially putting pen to paper on a peace deal.

“The Gauteng Taxi Industry peace committee has agreed that they will try to find out from the associations what exactly happened and what is the dispute about,” he said.

“They will attend to it and report back.”

Mamabolo assured that the deal will be sealed on Friday.


While the violence from last weekend involved the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association and the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association, the MEC has said the attacker was not registered with the local associations.

“The information I have is that taxi (attacking suspect) does not belong to neither Nanduwe or Wata. But it belongs to one of the associations in Krugersdorp or somewhere in the West Rand,” the MEC added.

“We condemn that incident and call on law enforcement to deal with criminal activities.”

In another taxi violence report, a boss was shot and killed while sitting in his white Audi A4 at a taxi rank in Tongaat, KwaZulu Natal on Wednesday. The victim was attacked by a group of suspects who appeared in a maroon VW Polo.

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