Taxi association Wata blames rival for fatal stabbings in Soweto

The deaths follow a flare up in violence on Tuesday, when two taxi associations were involved in a shootout over taxi routes.

Police tape. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG – The Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata) says two of its members have been killed in a stabbing in Dube, Soweto in an apparent case of taxi violence.

They succumbed to their injuries at Dube Hospital on Tuesday.

Their deaths follow a flare up in violence on Tuesday, when two taxi associations were involved in a shootout over taxi routes. Three people were arrested.

Wata’s Mandlenkosi Maphalala says rival taxi association, the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe), is behind the stabbing.

“And then these guys came up in a kombi and got off. They pointed firearms at them and the other two surrendered and they started stabbing them.”

Police have confirmed that a man was stabbed to death but have not linked the murder to the taxi violence.