Cape Town - Yet another taxi driver was shot dead, and a passenger wounded, in an attack in Delft - prompting concern from transport authorities about continuing taxi violence.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said that at around 7.30pm on Wednesday night, in Delft Main Road, Voorbrug, opposite a mosque, a 35-year-old Delft-Belhar taxi driver, driving a Toyota Quantum, was the target of several shots.
“The 35-year-old male was shot in the right side of his chest and in his chest and he died on the scene,” Van Wyk said.
“One of his passengers was injured when he was shot in his right arm, was treated on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital.”
The 21-year-old passenger resides in Beriev Road, The Hague, Delft.
“The motive for the attack is currently unknown and the three suspects fled the scene,” Van Wyk said.
The City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said on Thursday the traffic department was liaising with police to ensure immediate increased visibility in the area - including the deployment of the council public transport monitoring unit.
Western Cape transport department spokesman Siphesihle Dube sent his condolences to the family of the slain driver.
“It is still not clear as to whether the killing is linked to previous taxi-related tensions in the area, or to other factors such as gang-related activities.
“Gang activity has previously been found to be the motive behind the killing of some drivers in the past. The SAPS are still investigating the incident, and the department will provide assistance to SAPS where required.”
Previous shootings in the area have been linked to escalating taxi violence. Last month, taxi driver Clive Jagels was shot dead while sitting in his minibus taxi on the corner of Hartbees and Leiden avenues in Delft.
In April, the taxi war claimed another victim when a Philippi East driver was gunned down outside his home.
The conflict is over control of the Delft-Epping-Bonteheuwel and Delft-Khayelitsha routes, and involves fierce competition for passengers in the Delft area.
It has not yet been confirmed that this most recent shooting is part of the turf war.
The Cape Organisation for the Democratic Association, which is comprised of taxi owners across the city, distanced itself from the attack, saying: “We are not a violent organisation.”
Police are investigating a charge of murder and attempted murder. Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.