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Santaco concerned about taxi violence

Several people have been killed in numerous incidents of taxi violence in the Western Cape.

Several people have been killed in numerous incidents of taxi violence in the Western Cape. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Western Cape has cautioned more people will die if police do not cooperate in curbing taxi violence.

Santaco says even with assistance from the public police have made no headway into the investigations surrounding murders and attempted murders in the industry.

The office of Western Cape Police commissioner Arno Lamoer says it will not comment on allegations it is dragging its feet when it comes to investigating taxi violence.

AT least 35 incidents of murder and attempted murder have rocked the volatile industry in the last year.

Santaco's Riedwaan Cornish says some names of the alleged hit men have been handed to police but arrests have yet to be made.

"The police wouldn't explain it to us. They say the evidence is not there."

In March, Transport MEC Robin Carlisle vowed to crack down on taxi violence following shooting and assault at the Bellville taxi rank.

Carlisle and the police set up contingency plans to deal with the problem.