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Taxi violence: Two passengers killed, two more hurt in Cape Town shooting

Two people have been shot dead and two others wounded in taxi violence in Khayelitsha after weeks of peace. Is the taxi war restarting?


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Two innocent lives were lost while traveling in a taxi on Friday 10 September, while another two are fighting for their lives in hospital after another suspected incident of taxi violence on the Mew Way bridge in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Many had thought the taxi violence between CATA and CODETA had completely subsided after a series of killings in July 2021. However, last week’s attack suggests the war is not quite over yet.


The taxi was carrying passengers towards Site C, Khayelitsha, when gunmen opened fire on it. Two people died, while two other occupants were rushed to hospital.

“The circumstances surrounding a double murder and two attempted murders are being investigated after armed suspects opened fire at a minibus taxi in Mew Way Khayelitsha on Friday afternoon at around 12:45,”

Khayelitsha South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Colonel Andrè Traut and Provincial Commander confirmed.

Traut added that an unconfirmed number of suspects swiftly left the scene after the shooting, and the local police are unfortunately yet to make any arrests as of Monday 13 September.

“The injured victims were admitted to hospital. The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested,” Traut explained.


The long-running feud between the taxi associations has seen 10 lives lost since July 2021, with many of the victims being passengers or bystanders.

According to reports, the battle is about who is entitled to a road route running between Mbekweni in Paarl and the Bellville Public Transport Interchange in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, the two parties are working on arbitration over the disputed route and the matter is expected to reach a conclusion via a court confirmation as a declaratory order.