KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Willies Mchunu has threatened to close taxi ranks at KwaNongoma should there be one more killing in the area.
Mchunu said this in an address to taxi drivers and taxi bosses after violence broke out on Tuesday evening last week.
About 25 people have been killed since 2007. The purpose of the meeting between Mchunu and the taxi operators was to develop interventions to put an end to the ongoing senseless killings in the area.
Mchunu said the taxi operators had brought violence on themselves by allowing the "law of the jungle" to rule the taxi industry.
"You have brought dishonour to an important area of our province - the Royal Palace," he said.
Mchunu said police officers investigating taxi killings were themselves threatened while on duty, and others were lured into accepting bribes in order to dump cases.
"The good police officers who investigate taxi killings are sometimes themselves killed or given Isaka (bribe).
"You guys are involved in the subversion of justice. Enough is enough. One more death and all routes and ranks will be shut permanently, and make no mistake because this government won't be held to ransom by a few people," he warned.
Mchunu said the closure of the ranks had been delayed only to allow other processes to take effect.
"Make no mistake, I am not a coward by not closing the ranks today and this does not mean that I am doing you any favours," he told the taxi operators.