Hours after CATA and CODETA declared another truce, yet another driver fell victim to the ongoing taxi violence on Tuesday night.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said: “Mfuleni Police are investigating a murder case after a shooting incident at about 6pm at Nooiesfontein Road, Camelot, where a 32-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded.
“Motive for this incident is unknown at this stage.
“The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.”
Residents say that the driver was shot at the entrance of Sunbird Park on the corner of Nooiensfontein and Saxdown Road and an unidentified vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.
A male resident said: “The driver was coming into the Sunbird Park when a car drove past and fired shots at the taxi.
“I came outside and saw his body lying on the street while the taxi stopped a few metres away.
“It was raining at the time so there were not a lot of people standing around but there were people who looked like they knew him standing there and they said he was from the Eastern Cape.”
Codeta secretary Lesley Sikhuphela said the victim was not associated with the organisation and that they only became aware of the incident when the Daily Voice contacted them yesterday.
“The driver was not a member of Codeta and we do not know anything about this shooting but we are sad to hear that he has passed on,” said Sikhuphela.
Regarding the arbitration process between CATA and CODETA that is currently taking place, he said: “At the moment the talks are still ongoing because there are a few issues that need to be ironed out.
“We cannot come to an agreement over these issues, so for now nothing has been agreed.
“We will meet soon to discuss these matters and then we will revert back to the City of Cape Town for further negotiations.”
Representatives of CATA did not respond to calls for comment.
The office of Transport and Public Works MEC Daylin Mitchell did not respond to calls or emails either.
No CATA and CODETA-affiliated taxis are currently operating.
On Tuesday, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and Saftu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi announced that they had brokered a peace agreement between the two associations.
The agreement includes an immediate ceasefire and an appeal to Mitchell to lift the ban on certain routes and ranks he closed on Monday.
CATA and CODETA agreed that the Bellville/Mbekweni route is the main problem.
Of the suggestions from CATA and CODETA is that both be held accountable and fined if any of their members step out of line.
They also want the government to stop issuing operating licences for the same route to competing taxi associations.