It is the proverbial case of panic stations in KwaZulu-Natal, as taxi violence has started to spiral out of control yet again.
Democratic Alliance spokesperson for Transport in KwaZulu-Natal, Rafeek Shah, said there was a desperate need for a taxi indaba in that province, following another assassination attempt on an industry owner.
The assasination attempt resulted in the deaths of eleven people. The onus will ultimately be on MEC for Transport, Mxolisi Kaunda, to implement some form of intervention.
“The move by the DA comes after the recent deaths of 11 commuters, including six teachers, during the recent shooting of a taxi boss near Ladysmith. The DA extends its sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones in this senseless incident,” said Shah.
The taxi industry is notorious in South Africa, with the sentiment being that owners and drivers are a law unto themselves. Reigning the industry in will be an enormous undertaking though, especially as it is ‘South Africa’s engine’.
“The lawlessness within the taxi industry must be stopped. Not only is it compromising the safety of those who use this form of public transport, other road users are also being caught in the crossfire,” explained Shah.
“It is no good waiting for yet another tragedy and then expressing condolences. The DA expects the MEC to take proactive measures. These must include an increase in the capacity of traffic law enforcement agencies, including the Road Traffic Inspectorate and the special Taxi Violence Task Unit.”