Just hours after a taxi agreement was signed – the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) – a man was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon at the Joe Slovo taxi rank in Milnerton.
The announcement of the agreement was made by transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday, August 2, following ongoing negotiations between the associations and officials from the Department of Transport.
The taxi war that has claimed the lives of over 80 people over the last couple of weeks, reports News24.
“Upon arrival, law enforcement found a body of a 56-year-old man with visible gunshots to his face and chest. The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. The motive for the attack is possible taxi-related,” said police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi
Swartbooi said Milnerton police are investigating a case of murder.
Whether or not this is linked to the ongoing conflict over Route 97 is yet to be determined, reports EWN.
IOL reported that Transport and Public Works MEC Daylin Mitchell’s spokesperson, Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka confirmed the shooting incident.
Makoba-Somdaka said the recent killing was pure criminality, despite the agreement made to end their turf war that has disrupted transport in the Western Cape for at least a month now.