Despite the closure of the controversial B97 taxi route in the Western Cape, 19 taxi-related killings and nine attempted murders have been reported in the province. And that was just between September and October 2021.
CAPE TOWN – Despite the closure of the controversial B97 taxi route in the Western Cape, 19 taxi-related killings and nine attempted murders have been reported in the province.
And that was just between September and October 2021.
The road was closed in July in an attempt to quell the violence between two associations, which left at least 83 dead last year.
In November, Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell announced that the Mbekweni road between Paarl and Bellville would remain closed for another three months.
Following a lengthy meeting between the two warring taxi associations, no resolution was found and Mr. EC Mitchell had no choice but to close the roads and taxi stands for two months.
“I couldn’t stand idly by and allow another senseless murder to happen. Commuters are ultimately my responsibility to keep them safe, to ensure that we protect lives and livelihoods. In July, there were 24 murders, ”the MEC said.
Finally, in August, the two sides signed a peace accord, a deal that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula called epic at the time.
“The deal itself, it’s not a big chunk, it’s uhuru, the problem is solved, well, 100% solved. No one has to come out here and say ‘100%, everything is under control’. No, it will be nurtured, implemented step by step, “said the minister.
In September there was another extension and in November it was announced that the road would remain closed for another three months.