Act now on taxi anarchy

THE police claim to know the hitmen hired to disrupt the BRT buses and yet no arrests have been made.

THE police claim to know the hitmen hired to disrupt the BRT buses and yet no arrests have been made.

This is puzzling since these men's actions can lead to a terrible loss of life. People have already died over this new bus system and a driver's house was destroyed.

Are the police waiting for the men to act before they arrest them? Are there no provisions in South African law for a preventive strike against murderers?

The taxi industry is silent over the latest claims that they plan to kill drivers and passengers during the World Cup. There have been strikes, stayaways and marches against the buses.

It seems South Africans resist change. The industry wants to go on its unregulated way and suspects that the government wants to do away with the industry for tax purposes.

But some of the men who run the industry sing a different tune to that of the ordinary members. They welcomed the BRT without selling the idea to their membership. As a result none of them knows what the next step is.

Police sources claim that the hitmen have been imported from Zululand and have been hidden in the townships and hostels.

Gauteng community safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu says they are hoping to catch the "paymasters" behind the proposed mayhem. This has seldom happened in the past.

The police have failed to end the internecine taxi wars and the present taxi route system might contribute to the ongoing bloodbath.

As usual it will be the innocent who suffer unless the police up their game.

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