KWAZULU-NATAL MEC Bheki Cele gave Nongoma taxi operators an ultimatum to give him "the names" of the suspects who killed three people in taxi-related violence last week.
The transport, safety and liaison MEC said this was a precondition before he could consider resuming taxi operations in the area.
In a meeting held at the community hall yesterday, attended by the community policing forum, residents and representatives of the Nongoma Taxi Association, Cele promised he was prepared to lift the suspension, provided the names of perpetrators were supplied and arrests made.
Cele was accompanied by deputy provincial police commissioner Fani Masemola. A large contingent of police was also deployed in and around the vicinity.
Last week three taxi operators were shot and killed in the area. The killings prompted the provincial department of transport to shut down taxi operations of six routes operated by Nongoma Taxi Association.
Long-distance taxi operations outside the area - as far as Gauteng - were also affected.
An estimated 20 people have lost their lives due to the ongoing violence among the members of the Nongoma Taxi Association between April last year and March this year.
Cele referred to an earlier intervention made by King Goodwill Zwelithini to halt the violence and the signing of a peace agreement by conflicting members.
During the proceedings a community member named four people as "known perpetrators" of the bloodshed in the area.
Cele responded: "We cannot continue counting dead bodies as if we counting bread and eggs.
"Our mandate is to maintain law and order and those who do not adhere to the law will be dealt with decisively."