On July 9, the Western Cape government mediated talks between the rivals in an attempt to end the conflict in which commuters were deliberately targeted by gunmen.
Despite an agreement signed by both organisations, which included commitments to a ceasefire and a range of measures aimed at normalising relations between drivers, violence resumed a few days later.
Commuters in Cape Town have limited public transport options after Metrorail services failed to restart after the 2020 hard lockdown due to mass looting of cables, substations and other infrastructure.
The rail network was already on its knees as a result of arson attacks which destroyed about half of Western Cape’s train fleet.
This led to taxi associations having a near monopoly on public transport, with Golden Arrow and MyCiTi buses the only alternatives.
However, buses have also come under attack by arsonists and hitmen, and instability within the taxi associations due to leaders being killed or dying has further diminished the chances of resolving the conflict through agreement or mediation.
Songo’s case was postponed until October 4 for a bail application.