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Cata taxi boss shot in Mbekweni

On Saturday 16 October around 18:05 Cata taxi boss Mncedisi Nobhula was shot at Phokeng Street in Mbekweni.

Nobhula survived the shooting and was taken to Paarl Hospital in a private vehicle. The extent of his injuries are not known.

Mbekweni police spokesperson Sgt Nceba Vanqa said a case of attempted murder is being investigated. No one has been arrested as of yet.

The shooting occurred a day after Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, together with Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, addressed the Western Cape Taxi Lekgotla in Cape Town.

Among the pertinent issues that were discussed was the violence and killings in the industry, which has seen more than 63 deaths this year.

The taxi war has terrorised communities across the Western Cape, particularly in Mbekweni and Bellville over the notorious B97 route.

As the route has become more lucrative it has led to more illegal operators. About 90% of taxi murders in the province have been estimated to have taken place in Mbekweni and Bellville.

Paarl Post previously reported that Madikizela said unstable remuneration methods is a contributing factor to escalating tensions among rival taxi associations.

“You have a situation where a driver is expected to make a particular amount per day, and then after that rush to make his own income. When the route is perceived as lucrative, people will fight one another for access to that route to make money,” Madikizela said on 7 October during a visit to Paarl taxi rank.

“What we need to do as government is provide some stability, a stable income for people who are working in the industry.”

Among the other notable issues discussed were: Unity and leadership, Regulation, Economic Empowerment, Professionalism and Customer Care. Participation in the event was both face to face and virtual.

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