Subsidies for the taxi industry remains a concern

The Competition Commission says subsidies for the taxi industry remained a concern for the sector.

Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele released the final recommendations of the 2020 Public Transport Market Inquiry report yesterday.

The inquiry focused on minibus taxis, busses, trains and e-hailing services. The minibus taxi industry was used by about 66.5% of commuters, buses 23% and rail 9.9%.

Meanwhile…. Police are probing the murder of the president of the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association. Victor Wiwi was shot and killed in Nyanga last night.

One other person was gunned down and a third person survived the shooting. Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says that he is shocked.

At the same time…. Despite stepping up security on buses, criminals are still slipping through authorities’ nets. Two robbers are still at large after targeting the driver and passengers of a Golden Arrow bus in Khayelitsha yesterday.

The two suspects forced their way onto the vehicle and robbed passengers of their belongings.

They also made off with cash from the driver.

Golden Arrow’s Brownwen Dyke-Beyer says they have been working very closely with SAPS in Khayelitsha, and have been boarding buses and conducting operations as part of the joint operational plan.