EC govt intensifies police presence on highway after suspected taxi violence

Taxi associations met Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana and Saps officials to discuss the situation.

FILE: The motive for the triple murder is unclear but police are investigating. Picture: @ER24EMS.

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police say more officers have been deployed to patrol a highway where three people were killed in suspected taxi violence.

Thursday night's drive-by shooting at a taxi rank near the R61 in Mthatha where 15 other people were wounded has also been condemned by national government.

The motive for the triple murder is unclear but police are investigating whether it could be linked to on-going feud between taxi operators in Mthatha and Libode.

Taxi associations met Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana and police officials yesterday to discuss the situation.

Police spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela said, "The department and associations are all trying to solve the problem taking place at the moment."