Taxi violence in South Africa refers to a recurring issue involving conflicts and violence within the country’s taxi industry. The taxi industry plays a significant role in public transportation, but it is also known for its challenges, including competition over routes, disputes among different associations, and conflicts with rival groups. These tensions often escalate into violent incidents, leading to injuries, deaths, and disruptions of services.
Various factors has contributed to taxi violence in the country, such as economic interests, power tussle, inadequate regulation and enforcement, and organized crime involvement. The limited number of legal licenses available for operating taxis intensifies competition, exacerbating tensions within the industry. Additionally, lack of trust in law enforcement and the judicial system have also slow down resolution efforts.
For sometime now, there’s been an ongoing effort by members of South Africa Taxi Drivers Association to eliminate all transporters who are not their registered members, especially those involved in online taxi booking (Bolt, Uber etc).
The members of South Africa Taxi Drivers Association claimed that other operators in the industry are sabotaging their effort to create conducive environment for everyone to thrive in the industry, hence the reason for recent attacks on other transporters operating within the taxi industry.
In a recent development, a video has emerged online showing the moment a Zimbabwean taxi driver working for Bolt was attacked along Sunnyside while he was conveying a customer. The man’s car was overturned by the angry taxi drivers rampaging the whole area.
However, members of South Africa Police Service quickly intervened and calmed the situation.