B y Ntsoaki Mapheleba
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Ekurhuleni region is calling for peace in the taxi industry following the recent killings in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg this is according to a statement that was released on Saturday.
The ANC has labelled the recent violence and killings in the industry as senseless and have since resulted in many lives being lost in the past few weeks.
“As the ANC, we believe that where there are differing views on a matter, violence cannot be an answer but negotiations and finding an amicable solution is the only way.
“People who are being killed in these senseless fights are bread winners, fathers, uncles and brothers to some of our community members, the party said.
A few weeks a ago three katlehong People’s Taxi Association (KAPTA) taxi owners were shot and killed in Vosloorus by a group of unknown men who were travelling in a Quantum, whilst the fourth one sustained injuries and admitted in hospital, his condition is still unknown, another man was also shot and killed in a different incident.
One of the murdered taxi man Sibusiso ‘Bhotsotso’ Mabuza was laid to rest on Sunday, 28 October at his home in Mngadi Section, Katlehong, he is amongst the three taxi men who were killed on the day along with his colleagues.
The party further states that the violent taxi killings in the area were “quiet saddening” and insisted that those responsible for these crimes should be arrested.