CT Taxi Association chairman shot dead

Sipho Maseti was gunned down at the weekend at his Kraaifontein home.

FILE: The 50-year-old has been at the centre of talks to defuse tensions among rival taxi groups in the southern suburbs. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Taxi Association (CATA) says it's shocked following the fatal shooting of its chairman.

Sipho Maseti was gunned down at the weekend at his Kraaifontein home.

The 50-year-old has been at the centre of talks to defuse tensions among rival taxi groups in the southern suburbs.

CATA's Mvuyisi Mente says he's not certain as to why Maseti was shot dead.

"If it's taxi violence, I appeal to all members of CATA and other taxi organisations that solving your problem is not by killing one another. Sit down at a table and see if you can't come right."

In a recent incident believed to be over routes, taxi drivers caused traffic chaos and major delays in some suburbs in Cape Town's Southern Peninsula two weeks ago.

Groups of drivers blocked off roads in the Tokai, Westlake, Lakeside, and Steenberg areas.

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman said the protest action stemmed from a dispute over routes.