Santaco to meet Boksburg 'rival' taxi associations

Taxi violence in Boksburg resulted in four people being shot dead and another knocked over.

FILE: Police at the scene where three people have been gunned down in Boksburg on the East Rand in what appears to be a fresh wave of taxi violence on 20 November 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has assured Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters that the union will meet with two rival groups after a shootout in Boksburg yesterday.

Four people were shot dead at the Windmill Park taxi rank and one person was knocked over and killed as a driver tried to flee the scene.

Taxi violence has increased over the past few months and Santaco has assured the minister it will investigate.

During an urgent meeting with the department yesterday, the council's president Phillip Taaibosch promised Peters the incident would never be repeated.

The department says taxi violence in Boksburg is not helping to change the public perception about the industry.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso says this latest attack raises a serious concern.

"If you're going to have an industry that is characterised by violence, it will not recognise its full potential. R40 billion into the GDP of South Africa is not child's play."

Rikhotso says government cannot allow a few elements in the industry to undermine the entire sector.

COMMUNITY OUTRAGE

The community claimed that the shooting was carefully planned by Vosloorus taxi operators who want to take over the routes used by local drivers.

A resident from the area says the community wants the taxi rank to be moved away from the residential area which includes a primary school.

"The government must get involved and must help us. Too much people are dying here. Taxi owners are married men with children and grandchildren."

Children who were on their way to school had to run for cover when the violence broke out.

Some residents say they fear more attacks.