The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) has condemned the incident where fourteen taxi association members allegedly held passengers of luxury buses hostage in Orlando, Soweto.
NTA has called on the law enforcement agencies to do their work and ensure that the suspects get punished by the judiciary.
The suspects are accused of holding two luxury buses hostage, pointing firearms at the drivers, passengers and demanded R 5000 each to release them.
NTA spokesperson, Theo Malele says, “We need law enforcement to actually step in an ensure that people abide by the laws of the country. We ensure that we talk through this issue from time to time and we really need to partner from government side to hold hands with us to ensure that we can curb these acts of violence.”
Meanwhile, in July, sporadic incidents of shooting, allegedly related to warring taxi associations Cata and Codeta, occured in the Western Cape.
Roleplayers in the taxi industry met in Cape Town to find a solution to the impasse.
Twenty-three people have already been killed in taxi-related violence in July.
Recent talks which included an independent mediator, national and provincial transport authorities and taxi associations yielded no results.
SABC’s Vanessa Poonah reports that a bus driver that was shot: