Monday, 23 July 2018
TAXI VIOLENCE NEAR COLENSO IN CENTRAL KWAZULU-NATAL
AZAPO condemns the senseless killings that continue unabated within the taxi industry. We find it disturbing that despite this having been a practice for many years, our law enforcement officers are failing to put this under control.
The people who are always caught in the crossfire are the passengers who happen to be black and with no many alternatives to ferry them around.
After the Kwazulu-Natal killing over the weekend, our biggest concern is that the law enforcement does not show the will to deal with this cancer. Had there been willingness, the intelligence would have long penetrated the industry and acted proactively to deal with issues of this nature.
Is it because it is a black on black situation or the government view it as an insignificant occurrence as it is of no threat to their political comfort?
AZAPO has been calling for a gun free society and had we heeded the call, we probably could be having lesser guns and not a situation in which people are mowed down by more than 200 hundred assault rifle bullets in broad day light.
The corruption within the system is also responsible for what we are experiencing as the industry is saturated yet the possibility is that new permits are continued to be issued with little control. The fuel price is another factor that is choking the industry as the government is not willing to subsidize the industry.
We call upon the authorities, to not only apprehend the perpetrators of these dastardly acts, but to work towards a permanent solution in bringing order in the industry and stop these killings.
Those killed are providers for their families and this would mean more people being dragged into deeper poverty holes.
AZAPO extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish those injured speedy recovery.
Issued by: AZAPO
Secretary of Publicity and Information: Amukelani Ngobeni
Deputy Secretary of Publicity and Information: Cikizwa Dabula