SAPS, transport department to curb taxi violence

Johannesburg - The police and Gauteng transport department are working together to fight taxi violence in the province, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said on Tuesday.

"The police service and the department of transport formed a committee at the beginning of the year to fight taxi violence," Mothiba told reporters in Johannesburg.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane were at the briefing.

The committee was formed because taxi violence was "multi-dimensional", Mothiba said.

"We know there are many reasons for the violence and that is why different departments need to work together."

The committee would work with municipalities to deal with matters like the issuing of operating permits for taxi drivers.

He said Gauteng was the centre of taxi violence in the country. Monday's killing of four men during taxi violence in Evaton, south of Johannesburg, was "cause for concern".

Mothiba commended the police officers who arrested the eight people allegedly responsible for the shooting. Eleven rifles and a handgun were confiscated.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said members of two taxi associations arrived at the Palm Springs Mall on Monday and opened fire on each other with handguns and rifles.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the four men, including a security guard, were already dead when paramedics arrived on the scene.

Another man sustained critical injuries and was taken to Sebokeng Hospital. Three other security guards sustained moderate injuries from an alleged assault and were taken to the Mediclinic Emfuleni.

Although Gauteng was the centre of the problem, taxi violence happened across the country, Mothiba said.

"Taxi violence is an inter-provincial conflict which moves across the provinces," he said.

"The problem started a long time ago and it goes up and down, so we need to find a long-term solution."

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Richard Young 2014-08-19 08:06:20 PM
Ban taxis
Willem Proost 2014-08-19 08:23:34 PM
Again how many times have these meaningless words been said Taxis rule
Martina Prchalova 2014-08-19 08:27:26 PM
Just ban taxis and develop proper public transport, busses, trams, trolley busses, tubes, as in Europe. No need for car in Europe, unless you stay in super small village.
Ty Len 2014-08-19 08:52:39 PM
Cannot just bann taxis they are for the majority of people's only means of transport, it has been left unregulated for way to long no thanks to a government that doesn't know how to deal with any situation that arises. What would mama zille do, she would fix the problem she would fix any problem at least more so than anyone else in s.a
Collins Manasseh 2014-08-19 09:23:52 PM
Taxi operators are experienced tycoons, who create violence to reach their goals. Their attitude towards the use of guns is the one which needs serious evolution.
Johan van Papendorp 2014-08-19 10:36:08 PM
How about privatising traffic policing of taxis, with such cops having full rights of regular traffic inspectors or perhaps a few more - right to confiscate taxis until fine paid, right to use force under defined circumstances, issue taxi operating licenses, right to keep national register of taxi operators, etc. That would create self financing jobs, doesnt cost the tax payer a cent, etc.
Just Me 2014-08-20 04:41:03 AM
We wont be able to stop the ebola virus here in good old South Africa, no matter what measures they will place put.
Annette 2014-08-20 11:04:16 AM
Get rid of all taxis... get the BUS and RAIL transportation up and running properly, with responsible drivers (No SYNDICATES) ... a lot of the policemen actually own taxis themselves -- ethical?
Samantha Thuesen 2014-08-20 11:21:24 AM
Not only do they have to stop taxi violence, but they should get the taxi bastards to obey the laws of the road. They endanger so many lives. They should also be fined for playing music too loud in their taxis, we will have generations of tinnitus if we don't do something about it.
Thetho Vusi 2014-08-20 11:59:09 PM
These idiots have no respect for the public, the department of transport should have closed Palm Springs Taxi Rank two weeks back, because taxi bosses have been preparing for war long ago, as I speak that rank looks like Afghanistan with highly armed guards all over!!