Will yet another taxi violence inquiry make any difference? Government says yes

The launch of a commission of inquiry into taxi violence in Gauteng has been announced by the province's premier, David Makhura.

Chaired by Justice Jeremiah Buti Shongwe, and assisted by Rudolph Lungile Mabece and Hula Mismang, the inquiry is set to investigate underlying causes of killings in the taxi industry.

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The province hosted a similar inquiry 19 years ago. How will this one be different?

Bongani Bingwa chats to Centre for Constitutional Rights legal officer Rebecca Sibanda and Gauteng Provincial Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe to give more information on this latest inquiry.

Sibanda says this is not the first time Gauteng has hosted an inquiry of this matter and she questions its relevance.

There is a common thread in these commissions in that the recommendations are similar. This suggests that the powers that be do not implement recommendations by these commissions.

Rebecca Sibanda, Legal officer - Centre for Constitutional Rights

She says one of the first commissions recommended that the taxi industry be regulated and that never happened.

Masebe says taxi industry conflicts lead to the loss of lives and that is what the commission will aim to deal with.

He adds that the difference between this inquiry will be the terms of reference.

There are different proclamations that this commission will look at like the business model for taxis to determine whether their operations couldnt lead to some of the conflicts and violence.

Thabo Masebe, Spokesperson - Gauteng Provincial Government

Listen below to the full interview:


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