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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and two taxi associations in Delft, Cape Town have committed to end industry-related violence in the area, the minister's office said on Wednesday.
“Taxi associations operating around Delft, vowed to hold regular meetings, involve police and ensure that the violence which had engulfed the area is ended,” spokesman Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.
Mnisi said the tensions had been ongoing for about five months, resulting in a number of murders over the period.
“Due to experience of violence in this industry in the past, a co-ordinating structure was set up by the two associations in an effort to prevent violence in the future in the industry. Yet the violence continued,” he said.
The Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Convention for Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) raised concerns that some cases were reported to the police, but were not investigated. The cases included murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
Mthethwa met Cata and Codeta leaders and a delegation from the transport department in Cape Town.
“The meeting resolved to provide the police management with a two-week period to look at each of the 64 cases and provide regular feedback to the associations.”
The efficiency and capacity of the Delft police station was among other issues to be investigated.
“Over and above we need to look at why people withdraw cases because that hampers progress. We need those who have information to come forward and press charges. Failure to come forward makes the work of the police very difficult,” Mthethwa was quoted as saying after the meeting.
He also commended the role-players for the conciliatory approach to resolving the tensions.