Taxi industry violence cape town

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Taxi war latest: Cape Town bus driver shot as violence continues

Police have arrested two suspects and responded to the shooting of a bus driver on Monday morning, as the Cape Town taxi war continues.

Taxi industry violence cape town

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As Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula continues to engage with role-players connected to the ongoing taxi war underway in Cape Town, a further two incidents have taken place on Monday morning, with a Golden Arrow bus driver shot in the mouth and shots fired at a long bus taxi rank. 

Police confirmed on Monday that they have arrested two suspects in relation to the incident in Langa, where two men fired shots at passing cars, while a bus driver has been seriously injured after he was shot in the mouth earlier this morning. 

Golden Arrow bus driver shot  

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said police responded to an incident involving a Golden Arrow bus near Borcherds Quarry road on Monday morning, and discovered that the driver had been shot, with no passengers injured. 

“Upon arrival, they found the driver of the bus who sustained injuries to his mouth. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment,” said Swartbooi. 

Reports suggest that the shooting is linked to the ongoing taxi war in Cape Town that produced more violence this morning when shooters fired on passing cars from the Langa taxi rank. 

“In that shooting, two males, aged 45 and 55, have since been arrested and detained. Once charged, they are expected to make a court appearance in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court,” said Swaartbooi.

Mbalula in talks with taxi role-players  

Mbalula has been in talks with various parties related to the situation since Friday,  including the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) as well as the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA).

Mbalula – joined by the Western Cape Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Transport Daylin Mitchell and Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz – has condemned the killings and called for calm.

“We have not come here to recreate the wheel or duplicate the intervention of the Western Cape leadership. As national government, we have come to put politics aside, for the sake of commuters and taxi industry players. We are here to reinforce the efforts of the province and ensure an intergovernmental, multidisciplinary and targeted approach to safety, which is the only way to restore law and order in the taxi industry,” he said in a statement on Monday. 

“This is not the first time that national government has intervened in the affairs of the taxi industry in the Western Cape. We were here last year and were encouraged by signs that the industry had turned over a new leaf. A peace pledge was signed, the mediation process was initiated and it was well underway. The leadership of CATA and CODETA even sat side by side at the National Taxi Lekgotla, which took place in August 2020. 

“While we remain concerned about the state of the taxi industry and are attentive to the grievances of operators and drivers, we are resolute, acts of criminality in the industry will not be tolerated. Those who choose to resolve industry disagreements through the barrel of a gun will not be shown leniency. They will face the full might of the law”, said Minister