The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) said it was absolutely unacceptable that yet another taxi assassination had taken place in that province this week.
Leader of the DA in KZN, Zwakele Mncwango, said this was another glaring example of government’s failure to protect commuters in that province. There were no commuter deaths or injuries during the latest shooting, in Newcastle, but their lives are still being put at risk.
Chairman of the Sizwe Taxi Association, Sibusiso Nkomonde, was murdered by what are believed to have been taxi rivals in that region this week.
“The DA is deeply concerned about the deadly violence in this area. The incident comes just one week after ten people, including six teachers, were killed during the ambush of another taxi boss in Ladysmith,” said Mncwango.
“It is clear that our province is at the mercy of lawlessness under the current ANC administration. We are once again calling on the Transport MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda, and local authorities to act urgently to curb these killings,” added Mncwango.
Again, the onus is also on the industry to clean itself up, as it has clearly been infiltrated by thugs.
“Those who are in the taxi industry must ask themselves how many people must die in this industry before they achieve their mission and how many more innocent lives must be lost due to their infighting,” added Mncwango.
“We call on the members of the community to stand together and say no to the violence in the taxi industry. The DA strongly condemns this violence and demand that strong measures are taken by government to curb this violence in KZN.”