‘TAXI CRIMES BRT RE­LATED’

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Tankiso Makhetha

THE CITY of Tsh­wane has de­nied al­le­ga­tions that the mur­ders of three prom­i­nent taxi own­ers af­fil­i­ated to the Mamelodi Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion (Mata) may be linked to the in­tro­duc­tion of the bus rapid tran­sit sys­tem in the town­ship.

As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers on the ground claim a hitlist was com­piled fol­low­ing the peace­ful in­te­gra­tion of the Tsh­wane Rapid Tran­sit (A Re Yeng) into the town­ship. A mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment was signed be­tween the City of Tsh­wane and taxi as­so­ci­a­tions op­er­at­ing in Mamelodi.

Some taxi as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers al­lege that se­nior mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion ben­e­fited fi­nan­cially from the agree­ment made with the city.

Some taxi driv­ers as­so­ci­ated with Mata said there were ru­mours that the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers re­ceived un­spec­i­fied amounts of money. –

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