KZN operator killed in taxi violence

2012-01-24 22:05

Johannesburg - A 40-year-old taxi operator has died in hospital after being shot in the head and stabbed in the back in Roseneath, KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Tuesday.

Colonel Jay Naicker said Umkomaas police found the fatally wounded Phumlani Ndaba while responding to a report of a shooting on Monday.

"A Toyota Hiace and a Toyota Tazz which were found abandoned at the scene were impounded...," he said.

"We are investigating a case of murder, but do not rule out the possibility that the killing may be related to the alleged taxi feud in the area."

Naicker said Ndaba was taken to hospital, but later died. No arrests had been made.

KZN MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Willies Mchunu expressed surprise and shock at the killing.

"As a department we are committed to harmonising operations in the taxi industry. We regard Ndaba's killing as senseless and unacceptable," he said.

"We appeal to the police to investigate and leave no stone unturned. We want to make it clear that there is no space for anarchy in the taxi industry."

Mchunu said he would send a public transport directorate delegation to intervene in the taxi dispute in Umkomaas and the surrounding areas.

He said the dispute started because of route operations and involved three taxi associations.

"We are hoping that tomorrow's meeting will put to rest the ongoing tensions in this area," said Mchunu.

  • Deepchund - 2012-01-25 21:40

    The mini bus(taxi)route problems lie at the door of the governmant authorities tasked with issuing permits.The permits do not specify the exact routes the minibus(taxi)must use,instead,the permit indicates a certain radius within which the taxi can operate. You are bound to find operators overlapping, resulting in feuds.

  • John - 2012-02-01 07:44

    Deepchund, You making a good point here, but why do I have the impression that Phumlani Ndaba was fighting with others about a particular radius? One thing is for sure. Radius or not, taxi territories are won with blood and it will be dificult government to control that. I personaly don't think is possible. Routes are established and like we all witness defended and offended. I don't know if you all remember when Thabo Mbeki had the plan of replacing taxis with busses...that didn't happen as everyone was expecting.

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