Second taxi killing in Paarl – Mobility Minister responds

11 June 2023
Mobility Department

Media release by Ricardo Mackenzie, Western Cape Minister of Mobility

On Saturday, the Western Cape Mobility Department received confirmation from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that a CATA-affiliated mini-bus taxi operator was shot and killed in Paarl. My condolences go out to the loved ones of the victim and all those affected.

I am infuriated by this second violent minibus taxi-related crime in the area this week, which threatens commuters, the mini-bus taxi and public transport industry more broadly. The minibus taxi industry must prioritise commuter safety with strong leadership and respect for the rule of law – anything less is a dereliction of their moral and legal duties.

Since Tuesday, the Mobility Ministry and Department officials have been working around the clock - in constant communication with all stakeholders, conducting observations on the ground, and facilitating meetings to urgently assert stability in the industry. Meetings have continued over the weekend including today.

I have personally been engaging with Santaco leadership this week and have requested priority meetings with the SAPS, the Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, and the National Prosecuting Authority.

We must get to the bottom of this situation to ensure the violence doesn’t spiral out of control and that people can get to work, school and home safely. To this end, there are enhanced deployments by the various law enforcement agencies in Mbekweni, surrounding areas and at the Bellville public transport interchange.

Media queries:

Rebecca Campbell

Spokesperson for Minister Ricardo Mackenzie

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