Ongoing taxi violence has claimed another life in the Western Cape.
The Chairperson of Codeta Paarl Alliance Taxi Association, Siyabulela Mandyoli, was shot dead outside his home on Tuesday.
In the past few months, several senior leaders who have been involved in crucial negotiations for the industry have been murdered.
Among the leaders killed are Welele Mbudede from Uncedo in George, Sizwe Khobocwane from Codeta and CATA’s Charmaine Bailey.
Mandyoli is the fourth prominent industry figure to be gunned down.
He was a lead figure in the successful negotiations that led to the reopening of the B97 route from Mbekweni to Bellville.
A workable peace agreement between rival taxi associations, CATA and Codeta operating there only came about after violent disputes over the route claimed several lives.
The police have confirmed to Heart FM News that a number of people have been taken in for questioning following the incident.
Mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie has admitted that this might affect operations in the area.
“This incident is a blow to transport operations in the area and I am extremely concerned about the impact on commuters. People need to get to work safely; children need to get to school safely. This is my number one priority and I urge all role players to prioritise the safety of commuters with strong leadership and respect for each other and the rule of law”.
He also called on the police to prioritise this case.