Efforts to curb taxi violence reach dead end!
Taxis are meant to take commuters to their preferred destinations, work in the morning and home in the evening with some errands trips during the day. But for many, the trip has led to their final resting place. For years now the headline "Taxi Violence Claims Lives" has become a regular feature.
Taxi bosses and different operators are always at loggerheads regarding different routes and communities but it's always a case of two elephants fighting, meaning it is the grass that gets hurt. On Wednesday, a taxi driver was allegedly assaulted, stabbed and dragged from a moving minibus and this apparently led to chaotic incidents Bryanston.
Just this afternoon there were reports of taxi violence in the West Rand no Ontdekkers road near Westgate shopping center. Xolani Gwala spoke to the chairperson of the Gauteng Roads and Transport Portfolio Committee Jacob Khawe, about their efforts to curb and deal with taxi violence in the province. It always seem to be a reactionary event when it comes to dealing with taxi violence, there first needs to be chaos and usually bloodshed before intervention, but until when will we keep on this vicious cycle?
Xolani asked him what is at the bottom of these taxi violence incidents to which he responded that it's a matter of routes and fighting for different commuters.
The problem is that even law enforcement agencies themselves have individuals that are also taxi owners so this makes it difficult for the units to deal properly with the issues around the different routes and operators. The problem is that right now there's no law that says anyone cannot own a taxi or minibus so if we can tighten that loophole maybe we can deal with it better.
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