WC MEC for Transport Will Meet With Taxi Industry Leaders on Monday to Address the Ongoing Taxi Feud

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Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, will meet with taxi industry leaders on Monday after several shootings at the Bellville Taxi Rank in Cape Town on Thursday and Friday last week.

A commuter was reportedly killed in a shooting at the Bellville Taxi Rank on Friday afternoon while another commuter and a taxi operator were injured in the same shooting.

This followed after two shootings on Friday morning in which two taxi operators were wounded. Shootings also took place on Thursday police apprehended seven people at the time.

According to MEC Madikizela, the shootings are the result of weeks of escalating tensions and violent conflict between rival associations aligned to the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and the Cape Organisation For The Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta).

He said: “I will be meeting taxi industry leaders again tomorrow [Monday] to address the conflict between their members.”

Madikizela has also called an urgent meeting between his department and the City of Cape Town to discuss measures to ensure the safety of commuters at “taxi ranks where CATA and Codeta are fighting for control over routes”. This may include the closure of certain ranks and routes to ensure commuter safety.

“I will be requesting the City of Cape Town to implement improved security measures and systems for identifying legal taxis and access control measures that will ensure that illegally operating taxis are not allowed to forcefully infiltrate ranks for which they do not have valid operating licences to operate from,” Madikizela said.

The MEC also plans to pressure municipalities to take back control of the management and security of municipal ranks and facilities from associations, some of whom allegedly use their management role to “collect taxes” from taxi operators and hawkers.