Police investigate taxi shooting in Delft

A taxi driver was shot dead and a passenger hit in the arm.

FILE: A taxi driver was shot dead and a passenger hit in the arm. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport Department says the motive behind a fatal taxi shooting in Delft is being investigated.

A taxi driver was shot dead in Delft this week.

A passenger who was hit in the arm is being treated in hospital.

The area has experienced taxi violence in the past.

The city of Cape Town safety and security has deployed their public transport monitoring unit to Delft.

The department's Siphesihle Dube says, "Some of these incidences are related to gang violence, but we're never entirely sure until we're told that they relate to the tensions in the taxi industry directly.

"That's where we come in to mediate if there are some known tensions between various taxi associations."

Last month, the Western Cape Transport Department said it hoped a task team set up to address taxi violence will get to the bottom of tensions plaguing the industry in the Cape.

At the same time, The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says its calls for taxi related violence cases to be properly investigated are falling on deaf ears.

The taxi council claims over 61 taxi bosses and drivers have been gunned down nationally in the last two years.