Mayor of Amajuba District Municipality, Cllr Dr Musa Ngubane, is shocked by what seems to be re-emerging taxi violence in Amajuba District following the death of Mr Nkomonde, the Chairperson of Sizwe Taxi Association. He was gunned down in a hail of bullets during an ambush on Sunday evening. He was driving between Newcastle and Utrecht during his time of attack.
The deceseased sustained multiple bullet wounds in the head and upper body. His vehicle was riddled with bullet holes on the driver’s side.
The Mayor and the entire leadership of the Amajuba District Municipality are saddened by these news and wish to call upon the law enforcing agencies to swiftly get to the bottom of this matter and have the suspects arrested.
Violence is not a solution to the differences and interests of the taxi industry because it puts lives of passengers and other road users at risk.
If this is related to the violence as per the early suspicions, the Mayor requests the affected Taxi associations to work together to protect taxi industry officials, road users and passengers because without them, there is no taxi industry. Days of people solving disputes and differences through the barrel of gun, fighting, murder and violence are over.
If we return to this, all the gains made by particularly the many black people from the taxi industry will be wiped out. We need sober minds to stop the violence so that our brothers and sisters in the taxi industry will continue benefiting from this business.
We send our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and the Association he was leading