Leader of the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) Bongani Raneki has died in a car crash while en route to the Eastern Cape. He took over the position in April after Victor Wiwi was shot and killed in Cape Town.

Western Cape Transport and Public Works Minister, Daylin Mitchell, has extended his condolences to the Raneki family

“Since my appointment as the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, I have committed myself to work with the taxi industry to deal with the challenges they face. Mr. Raneki formed part of the leadership delegations that I have been engaging with in my efforts to eliminate violence from the taxi industry. Mr. Raneki was a soft-spoken leader whose dedication to the minibus industry was always clear to see.”

There has been violent incidences in Cape Town: 

Meanwhile, Mitchell has raised concerns regarding extortion in the taxi industry. He says his office has been inundated with complaints from private companies and vehicle owners who are being stopped by so-called patrollers in the taxi industry, imposing fines and release fees.

Mitchell met with leaders of the South African National Taxi Council’s provincial branch.

“As the minister responsible for transport, I have a responsibility to ensure that all commuters are transported in safety and in dignity. Law and order will not be compromised. The leaders agreed that there are many challenges leading to the crime of extortion and there’s a commitment for further engagements involving government, the industry, and other stakeholders to find lasting solutions to these crimes.”