Fear pervades Eastern Cape taxi industry after two bosses shootout – SABC News
Two fatal shootings against taxi bosses within days have sparked fear and outrage in the Eastern Cape taxi industry. The incidents took place in Gqeberha and East London.
No arrests were made in either case.
As investigations continue, police have been asked to work around the clock to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
The motive for these recent murders is not known at this stage. The two men, who belong to different associations, were killed in a hail of bullets as they got into their vehicles. Santaco in the province maintains that there is no tension between the taxi associations.
Santaco Provincial Vice President Gabs Mtshala is concerned.
âIt weakens the spirit of peace we currently have. We were united last week when we were fighting against looting and disruption of property, which is now holding back that spirit, so we say we don’t understand.
Provincial police spokesman Thembinkosi Kinana said they were following narrow tracks.
The provincial commissioner assembled a team of competent detectives to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incidents. So far, we have not made any arrests, but our investigation is continuing. “
Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe called for calm in the industry.
âWe are asking communities to let law enforcement conduct their own investigation and write a report. One should not be wary especially since one knows that they often dispute the roads. “
The Department of Transportation is committed to working closely with industry to ensure calm and peace.