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Taxi violence

Explanation
Intense competition between taxi operators for ranking facilities and routes escalated from 1991 and acquired a political character in certain areas of the western Cape and Transvaal. Over 200 lives were lost in attacks on taxis and passengers in 1992 alone. Organisations formed to bring about peace and unity in the taxi industry failed to reach understanding or maintain agreements, and violence continued throughout the 1990s. Certain town councillors and other groups were linked to taxi violence in Cape Town. On the East Rand, taxi associations were perceived to be identified either with the IFP or the ANC.

This relationship between the hostels and a third force was often spoken of in the same breath as taxi wars and train violence.
That is when some of the hostel dwellers gathered themselves and went out but they were killed in a taxi. About 15 of them were killed at a certain open ground in Palm Ridge. They were taken out of the taxi and they were killed. // There was a cousin who lived with us by the name of Mosanduli. ...
saw something which made them suspicious. // At Oranjeville there’s a spoor, crossing, that is between Joubertina and Klerksdorp. They were in the taxi on the right hand side and the police van was on the other side. When they peeped through the window they saw a person in this van and they ...
... right-wingers behaved as if South Africa belonged to them only. Many people fell victim to their indiscriminate violence. William Nxanxa, a taxi driver was parked beside the road outside Ottosdal one morning in September ...
All they achieved in the attack was to wound one policeman. His unit later also attacked the home of a man they believed was involved in taxi violence. Again nobody was killed, but a young girl was left deaf.
This relationship between the hostels and a third force was often spoken of in the same breath as taxi wars and train violence. // Hostel dwellers are amongst the poorest and most isolated of urban communities and this obviously provided a fertile ground for sewing any seeds of division and hatred ...
 
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