Taxi operations to continue despite violence

Ismail Vadi proposed closing down taxi operations in Mamelodi, Reiger Park and Vosloorus.

FILE: Shots were fired and three people assaulted during taxi violence in the Pretoria CBD. Picture: Via Twitter @_MotsoB.

JOHANNESBURG - Taxi operations will not be shut down in Mamelodi, Reiger Park, Vosloorus and Emfuleni, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Wednesday.

There has been a surge in taxi-related violence in these areas in recent months with a number of people being killed or wounded.

Vadi says after consulting leaders of taxi associations from affected areas, he decided services would continue operating.

"All of them have expressed concern about the impact of the total closure of taxi ranks to the communities."

Police meanwhile say they will keep a close eye on these taxi ranks.

TAXI VIOLENCE VICTIMS

Three people were injured during clashes in the Mamelodi in October following violence between rival operators.

In the same month, a woman was killed after she was hit in the head by a stray bullet during a shootout between operators in Midrand.

The 39-year-old mother died on the scene.

Her friend was also wounded in the hand during the incident.

At least three people have been arrested in connection with that shooting.

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