AXI WARS have been a feature of the South African public transport landscape for many years. Over the years, hundreds of lives have been lost needlessly as operators and associations battle for a slice of the lucrative business upon which 15 million commuters depend daily.
With an annual revenue estimated at R39.8 billion, the industry has over the years grown into arguably South Africa’s largest black-owned sector, with about 250 000 vehicles.
Last week, five people died when gunmen opened fire at a rank in Windmill Park in Boksburg. This incident must not be allowed to slip under the radar – authorities must stop this cycle of violence.
Not only are defenceless drivers being mowed down, but innocent passengers are also caught in the crossfire. If not stopped, the spiral will continue to rage. Passengers must not take their lives in their hands when they catch a taxi.