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Gauteng taxi violence comes into sharp focus

At least two people have died in taxi violence shootings this week.

FILE. At least two people have died in taxi violence shootings this week. Picture: via Twitter @_MotsoB

JOHANNESBURG - Taxi violence has once again come into sharp focus with several incidents being reported over the past 48 hours and fears of continued tensions in the industry.

A taxi driver was killed in Hyde Park on Wednesday.

It's understood the man was assaulted, shot and dragged from a moving minibus, allegedly by rival taxi operators.

On Thursday, two men were critically wounded when they were shot, allegedly by a group of drivers near West Gate.

Authorities have had their hands full responding to taxi violence in Gauteng in the past two days, with rising concerns that the disputes over taxi routes may rise.

There are more tensions between drivers operating in the Bryanston area following the murder of a taxi driver along William Nicol Drive this week.

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says they've instructed their provincial body to intervene.

The association's Bafana Magagula says, "[We need] to bring together the associations and involved and try and calm them down and talk to them."

The association has condemned the violence, saying it's doing everything it can to educate taxi operators and drivers to work together without fighting.