Friday, August 11, 2006

Taxi groups fire shots in Montague Gardens

By Odette Ismail

Police broke up shooting between two independent taxi organisations at an illegal taxi rank at Montague’s Gardens on Thursday morning.

The shooting between Dunoon and Joe Slovo taxi organisations sparked off due to the apparent lucrative, but informal taxi rank at Marconi Beam. A public member alerted the police of the chaos at the rank, but no-one was injured and there were no charges filed with police.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana told the Cape Times that drivers were told to leave the area. Sinyangana said that no-one came forward to explain the reason for the shooting. So far the police have no suspects.

A senior figure in the taxi industry said that the Congress of Democratic Associations (Codeta) and the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Associations (Cata) will never see eye to eye. This friction between groups ignited especially after the fatal shootings in the Bellville and Kraaifontein areas.
In the past two weeks two Cata operators were murdered in front of their homes. The senior also said that rivalry between Cape Town-based taxi organisations started as early as the 1980’s already.

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