'Charge taxi driver with murder'

WESTERN Cape MEC for transport Robin Carlisle and MEC for community safety Lennit Max have asked the national prosecuting authority to charge the owner of a taxi involved in yesterday's Baden Powell Drive accident with attempted murder.

WESTERN Cape MEC for transport Robin Carlisle and MEC for community safety Lennit Max have asked the national prosecuting authority to charge the owner of a taxi involved in yesterday's Baden Powell Drive accident with attempted murder.

The driver was carrying 27 passengers instead of 16. He was driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to provincial traffic authorities, eNatis records showed that he had no driver's licence. His learner's licence expired on February 25 2010.

The vehicle is unlicensed.

In a joint statement, Carlisle and Max said since the Metrorail strike began on Monday, taxi operators had taken advantage of stranded commuters by overloading and overcharging them.

One person was critically injured and 16 others were also injured.

"We must make an example of this inhuman behaviour. It cannot go unpunished. The driver of the taxi is still in custody," the statement read.

The two said they needed the help of the criminal justice system.

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