SANTACO condemns taxi wars

South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) is urging their members not to resort to violence and shooting to resolve commuter issues.

Two taxi owners were recently shot and killed in Johannesburg in two separate incidents.

The first incident took place on 19 February when two gunmen killed a 59-year-old taxi owner from Soweto Taxi Services in Tladi, Soweto.

The second incident happened on 20 February morning when another taxi owner was shot in Cosmo City.

Three suspects allegedly fired about 17 shots at him before fleeing in a red Volkswagen Golf 1 that had no registration numbers.

Captain Balan Muthan of the Honeydew South African Police Services (SAPS) confirmed the shooting and said police were still investigating the matter.

 “We condemn in strong terms these shootings, whether they are internal or external,” said Ralph Jones, secretary general of SANTACO.

“Our members must learn to use the boardroom not a barrel of a gun when resolving matters,” he added

Jones also urged the police to tighten their string when dealing with taxi violence and said that arrest should not be negotiation if someone is found guilty.

“Some of these people are arrested; they later get released because of lack of evidence. Our law enforcement must not negotiate with the perpetrators,” Jones said.

“We also call on the MEC of community safety to launch an intelligence team to work on this taxi killing,” he added.

Cosmo City residents expressed shock about the taxi war incident.

“We always hear such stories from other townships,” said Katlego Mpofu, a worried resident. “This has brought fear into the community, and we hope it does not develop into a habit.”

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