Eastern Cape taxi industry under fire

Johannesburg – Foreign nationals have taken up arms against taxi drivers in the Eastern Cape, following an accident where a taxi driver bumped into a Somalian national’s Audi vehicle.

It is reported that foreign nationals have taken to the streets setting alight taxis in the Gqeberha area.

Videos of these incidents has been trending on social media.

On Friday the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, will convene a public Victim-Offender-Dialogue (VOD) involving the taxi industry at the All Saints Sports Field in eNgcobo in the Eastern Cape.

The VOD relates to a 2001 taxi violence incident that resulted in the cold-blooded execution of seven people.

Chairperson of the Boarder Alliance Taxi Association and four Executive Members were ambushed and killed in a hail of bullets on the N2 between Mount Frere and Qumbu on their way back from a Taxi Indaba in Durban.

A passenger and a truck driver were additional victims fatally wounded during the attack.

 

 

Although those behind the act were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment, the horrendous incident left many families harmed and longing for closure.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has acknowledged that it has to do more to promote and enforce restorative justice.

Prior to the public VOD, DCS initiated an open engagement process between the victims and perpetrators through a Victim-Offender-Mediation.

“Minister Lamola will highlight the importance of a victim-centred justice system where the genesis of restorative justice is located. Taxi violence continues to cause depredation in the country and it has to be quelled,” said the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services.

Take a look at how social media users have reacted to the situation in the Eastern Cape below: 

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