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    Killing of Pretoria taxi boss and association chairman condemned

    The City of Tshwane condemns the recent killing of the Atteridgeville Saulsville Taxi Owners Association (ASTOA) chairman and taxi boss.

    CHAIRMAN GUNNED DOWN IN HIS OFFICE AT TAXI RANK

    Tshwane roads and transport MMC, Dikeledi Selowa condemned the recent killings in the taxi industry, which have now claimed the life of Thapedi Frank Moremi.

    69-year-old Moremi was shot and killed in his office at the Mphalane Taxi Rank in Atteridgeville.

    Selowa described Moremi as one of the most hard-working and dedicated leaders in the local taxi industry. 

    “He was instrumental in ensuring conflict-free taxi operations at ASTOA and the Greater Tshwane Regional Taxi Council (GTRTC).

    “His passing is a great loss not only to his family and the taxi industry but to the public transport fraternity and the community at large,”

    said Selowa.

    She called on law enforcement agencies to deploy their resources and bring the perpetrators to book.

    Furthermore, Selowa said criminality of this nature should be punished.

    She has since sent her message of condolences to the Moremi family, his friends, and colleagues.

    “I encourage every person to keep the faith alive that justice will be served. The City remains committed to finding solutions to stop the scourge of taxi violence,”

    concluded Selowa.

    SANTACO PRESIDENT CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN THE INDUSTRY

    Earlier this month at the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) 6th annual conference at Sun City, the newly elected Abner Tsebe condemned the killings in the industry.

    He further pleaded with taxi operators to stop resorting to violence to resolve disputes over taxi routes.

    The killing of taxi bosses in Atteridgeville has been a problem in the past. In July 2021 four unidentified men shot and killed a taxi owner at the Phomolong taxi rank.

    Police have also confirmed the incident and are investigating a case of murder. 

    The motive of the killing is still unknown.

    Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects should contact the police.

    Alternatively, call Crime Stop on 08600 10111, the nearest police station or submit information through the MySAPS App.

    Callers may opt to remain anonymous and any information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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