Monday, February 19, 2007

Possilbe taxi war on the cards

By Chanel September
19 February 2007

The fatal shooting of a former leader of the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) has sparked fears of a taxi war in Cape Town.

Fifty-two-year-old David Jezile was shot at 6-o-clock on Friday morning near his home in Harare, Khayelitsha.

According to police unknown men fired several shots at Jezile while he was travelling in his white bakkie. He sustained gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. Jezile later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

Codeta vice chairperson Fikile Mriba says the association was shocked at the death of Jezile and that fears are that a war among some operators is possible.

Jezile’s killing follows that of Michael Kapiso a fellow taxi boss gunned down soon after testifying to the Ntsebeza Commision into taxi violence. Jezile also testified during the commission.

The Western Cape Taxi Council condemns the killing and has called for the arrest of those responsible.

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