Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Florence Radzilani has sent a strong warning to taxi bosses to put their house in order amid taxi violence.
In recent months there has been incidents of violence in the industry that has left taxi bosses killed.
In February this year, A taxi owner was shot and killed in Lebowakgomo in an apparent taxi violence incident. A Taxi owner was shot and killed in broad daylight in the Polokwane CBD on 15 April. The owner is affiliated with the Seshego Polokwane Taxi Association.
BOSSES URGED TO PUT HOUSE IN ORDER
Speaking at the media briefing to present the Limpopo crime stats on Friday, Radzilani says she has told the taxi industry leaders to stabilize the sector or face consequences.
“In my engagements with the leadership of the Taxi Industry, in the past 3 days, I have expressed to them a need to stabilize the sector. Failure to do so, would compel us to shut down their operations,” said Florence Radzilani.
“We have also recorded 2 murder cases, which are related to the operations within the Taxi Industry.
“As we count these numbers, too many people, these could be just mere numbers and statistics. But the truth of the matter is that these individuals belong to families. They also have children and parents, who are gravely affected by these atrocities.”