NATIONAL NEWS - Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for an urgent intervention to address the ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape, following the murder of Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) president, Victor Wiwi.
Wiwi was one of two men shot and killed in Nyanga, Cape Town, on Wednesday evening. A third man was shot and injured.
“We remain very concerned with the recent erosion of the taxi industry within the province of the Western Cape, in particular within the City of Cape Town,” said Cele.
“In light of this and other incidents in the transport sector, we will be calling a meeting with [the] transport ministry and other relevant role players to discuss means of curbing this.”
According to Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, the death of Wiwi could escalate into a full-blown war among taxi associations.
“This assassination is worrying because it is a frightening indication of something bigger to come and it could set off a warning bell for the taxi industry. There is no doubt that these assassinations deeply affect the taxi industry,” he said.
“One anticipates a tit-for-tat reprisal and we have reached out to SAPS to intervene, and we have tasked our own force to also assist.”