Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ERIC MALEMA
Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ERIC MALEMA

The roads and transport portfolio committee in Gauteng is  very concerned about the the resurgence of gruesome killings in the taxi industry. About 12 taxi owners and leaders had been gunned downed in the space of two weeks.

We are particularly concerned that to date, no-one has been arrested. The only feedback we are getting from the law enforcement agencies is the usual assertion that the killings are being investigated and that the police are following positive leads. Yet nobody has been arrested, hence the criminals can maim people as they please without fear of any reprisal or consequences of being brought to book. 

As the oversight committee of roads and transport in Gauteng, we will continue doing our constitutional duties of holding the members of the executive accountable. We won’t tire in dealing with the scourge of taxi violence. We are committed to see to it that all the resolutions of the taxi permit inquiry, which we undertook as the portfolio committee, must be implemented in full by the department of roads & transport in the province.

The law enforcement agencies, and in particular our new SA Police Service provincial commissioner, Lt-Gen Elias Mawela, must commit and assure the committee and the people of Gauteng that they are up to the challenge and that something drastic and tangible will be undertaken to ensure that its not business as usual. We want to see all perpetrators behind bars and the justice being meted out with the most harshest sentences ever. 

Mafika Siphiwe Mgcina
On behalf of the roads and transport portfolio committee in Gauteng