Update: MEC cites police successes in combating taxi violence in Ladysmith

In today’s media briefing, MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda highlighted police successes in combating taxi violence in the Ladysmith area over the years.

In a surprise move today (December 6), he banned taxis from the Klipriver Taxi Association and Sizwe Taxi Association from operating in Ladysmith

MEC Kaunda said, “Our interventions resulted in the formation of a three-sided committee which was facilitating dialogue between the families involved in this long, drawn-out, bitter and bloody conflict.”

This culminated in a cleansing ceremony which was held between the Mvelase, Mabaso and Gamede families in the Esidakeni area in February this year.

Full for story, read this link: Breaking News: MEC for Transport takes on Ladysmith taxi warlords, banning taxis operating in Ladysmith for 6 months

Also read: Mass shooting on the N11 near Ladysmith – 10 dead

After the cleansing event, incidents of violence subsided and the Ladysmith area began to experience stability. This was a major, progressive step, even though there were still pockets of violence.
At this point, we must commend the investigating team that worked on the case involving the killing of 15 people in October 2014.”

This investigation led to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of a hit-man (inkabi), Themba Raphael “Kiniti” Mvelase, who was found guilty and sentenced to 176 years in prison.

There have been breakthroughs in many other cases, including one that saw the arrest of a then police officer, Lungisani Mgaga, who was involved in the taxi conflict.

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Saish Motheram

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