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Provincial task team to tackle Gauteng taxi violence

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says police are currently investigating 90 taxi violence cases.

FILE: Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said all taxi violence related cases have been consolidated and will be dealt with by the task team. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says a provincial task team has been established to investigate taxi violence in the province.

On Wednesday, Vadi announced that he will not be shutting down taxi ranks in Mamelodi, Reiger Park, Vosloorus and Emfuleni, following consultations with affected associations.

Two weeks ago, the MEC published notices in the provincial gazette declaring his intention to close operations in these areas due to an increase in taxi-related violence.

Vadi said all taxi violence related cases have been consolidated and will be dealt with by the task team.

He said police will continue to monitor the affected areas.

"There are a number of other flashpoints that we will be looking at in the new year and if it's necessary, we will move towards closing down those routes."

The MEC said police are currently investigating 90 taxi violence cases.

Meanwhile, taxi bosses have committed to cooperating with law enforcement agencies in their investigations into taxi killings.

TAXI VIOLENCE VICTIMS

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.

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.