Police on high alert after taxi shooting

2012-02-01 07:27

Johannesburg - The police were patrolling the Honeydew area, north west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning after a minibus taxi owner was killed and two people were injured in a drive-by shooting, a spokesperson said.

"Everything seems calm now but we are still patrolling the area. The investigations continue," Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said.

On Tuesday, a minibus taxi owner was standing on the corner of the Hendrik Potgieter and Peter roads in Roodepoort, talking to a colleague, when shots were fired from a white Toyota Corolla. Both men were hit.

Ndou said the owner's colleague and a passenger in a passing taxi were wounded.

The shooting was believed to be part of growing tension between the Faraday and Dorljota taxi associations over routes in the Honeydew area.

"We are still trying to work out what happened and which taxi association the victim belonged to," said Ndou.

On Monday, a taxi was reportedly forced off the road in Hendrik Potgieter road and its driver was beaten with a sjambok.

He was taken to hospital and had since laid a charge of assault, Ndou said.

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  • Nicole Merwitz - 2012-02-01 07:43

    WTF is wrong with these people?!?

      David - 2012-02-01 08:22

      I agree with you, but if the cops know what taxis (groups) are causing this the should go and shut them down

      Irene - 2012-02-01 10:50

      Maybe now you'll start understanding why there was apartheid in SA.

  • Phumi - 2012-02-01 07:49

    The sooner we stop deploying comrades with vested business interests in this industry like Mininster Sbu Ndebele and the Zuma Inc. we will be on the right track in removing these mobile coffins from our roads! High up on the agenda in Mangaung should be Nationalisation, Land, Education and the Taxis. Then the rest should follow!

      John - 2012-02-01 07:51

      You must be a taxi driver supporting this stupid agenda. Dumb as mud!

      Tokollo - 2012-02-01 09:58

      @ Phumi, with all due respect do you even understand the meaning of the word Nationalisation & can you honestly tell us about the simple mining principles? How on earth can you be comfortable with the mining industry and its assets taken into government ownership? This will in turn be transferred into the public sector and our mining resources will be lost to the state individuals. Education should be the main priority. This will produce future leaders that understand how to maintain our natural resources....

  • Isabel - 2012-02-01 08:13

    .. talk about corporate greed - this can cost you your life!

  • Paulo - 2012-02-01 08:24

    don't you love the irony in this country-yesterday we had gun toting lawless taxi owners on the rampage in broad daylight. While the ANC sitting in cape town bemoaing the press. Shouldn't they be trying to regualte the taxi industry and bring them into order? as the one is costing more lives than the others-it begs believe.

  • Muenda - 2012-02-01 08:27

    Nicole..these people?

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-01 09:07

      Yes! These people. These criminals. Unable to work out there differences in a rational manner through the channels that are available. But, instead take pot shots in public and to hell with the people that are hurt in the cross fire. What did you think she meant?

  • Bob - 2012-02-01 08:29

    The only way they know how to do business...!

  • Samantha - 2012-02-01 09:10

    Here's a really stupid, wild idea.....Why don't people (of all race groups) stop constantly pointing the race finger at every opportunity and instead look to behave like human beings. When people get hurt,shot,victimized etc. we should be collectively appalled and stand TOGETHER to care for and help one another. Why don't we UNITE against crime and corrupt the good vs the bad, NOT the colour vs the colour????!!!!Get a life people, can't you see the endless hamster wheel syndrome that all the hatred and strife and division brings>?????!!!!! No-one gets to have the last say because someone else will always want to comment so try a new approach for a change and look at each other through consideration and caring tainted eyes. Or am I truly stupid for wanting something good for a change???

      Heather - 2012-02-01 09:40

      I agree. Everything that is reported is turned into a racial argument. Can't they just stick to the subject and not bring race into it for a change.

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-01 09:28

    The fighting between Doljota and Faraday taxi associations has been on-going for the past +-7 years already. The taxi industry is ill-managed and innocent people get caught in the cross-fire. SANTACO really needs to sort this mess out. Keeping commuters safe on the road should be their main priority. If the two assosciations are unable to sortout their greed than the entire route needs to be re-structured and a new commuter operating system needs to be put in place, its that simple. Poeple's lives are at risk.... Oh and what is the Minister of Transport doing? This is a great country but the transport system is a let down :-|.

  • Oscar - 2012-02-01 10:46

    ai maar dit is lekker in die wilde weste

  • Sean - 2012-02-01 11:40

    The taxi industry are a bunch of gangsters who believe that the laws of SA do not apply to them. They do not want to be regulated and pay no tax. Why is it that other businesses are not allowed to operate like this. Then to top it off, they are given exemption from the Gauteng tolling. So much for the policy of "user pays". I think the average SA road user is sick of this lawless industry. The government needs to bring them in line with standard business regulations. They should be properly registered, audited and taxed, just like everybody else.

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