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'No crisis in Mamelodi taxi industry'

Taxi operators say the recent murder of 'Junior 13' does not signal a crisis.

FILE: Ignatius Selokane, who was known as “Junior 13”, died in a suspected hit at the weekend, the latest in a string of Mamelodi taxi bosses to be killed in the area. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Taxi operators in Mamelodi say the recent murder of a local taxi owner and suspected syndicate boss does not signal a crisis in the industry.

Ignatius Selokane, who was known as 'Junior 13', died in a suspected hit at the weekend, the latest in a string of Mamelodi taxi bosses to be killed in the area.

Last year, four were murdered in as many months.

A spokesperson for Mamelodi Transport Solutions says the organisation is concerned about the murders, it doesn't believe any of them, including Selokane's murder, are linked to the taxi industry.

"The issue of Mr Selokane is not part of the taxi industry, as people are saying. Mr Selokane was a member here; he was a business man in Mamelodi."

The company hopes that police find the person responsible for the killings.

The organisation says its main focus now is a joint venture with government that will see it take over routes from bus operator Autopax, when the company's six month contract expires.

Police believe 'Junior 13' orchestrated some of the most elaborately planned bank robberies and hijackings in the area.