Mankweng taxi rank manager shot

Taxi drivers wait for passengers. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

Taxi drivers wait for passengers. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

The manager of Mankweng taxi rank, Ben Nonyana, was shot allegedly by rival taxi factions on Thursday afternoon at the Mall of the North in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province said the man was shot in the head at close range.

Taxi violence at the Mankweng Taxi Rank had been rife in the past weeks. The party’s provincial spokesperson Katlego Phala called on premier Stan Mathabatha to intervene, negotiate a truce and to install security at the taxi rank.

Phala said the party had written to the premier on many previous occasions calling for his intervention.

“But Mathabatha ignored the calls, and had done nothing to secure the commuters and the taxi operators
who use Mankweng taxi rank,” said Phala.

Phala said the party was  calling on the premier to be held accountable for the ongoing tension that was mounting between Mankweng Taxi Association factions.

“Taxi violence adversely affects commuters, leaves scores of residents frustrated and adversely impacts economic productivity.

“We condemn the violence and call for urgent police presence in the area in ensuring that the lives of all commuters and other taxi operators are safe,” said Phala.


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