By SA News
The Chairperson of South Africa’ Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, has condemned in the strongest terms the murder of 11 people associated with the Ivory-Park Taxi Association in Gauteng.
The killings happened at Colenso in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening when the victims returned home from a collegue’s funeral.
The Committee has on numerous occasions highlighted that in order to deal with crime effectively there is a need to eliminate illegal firearms used as tools to perpetrate these acts.
“While the Committee is cognisant that a proper investigation would need to be undertaken to ascertain the firearms utilised in perpetrating these crimes, it is almost certain that illegal firearms were used. These firearms must be removed from our streets to deal effectively with crime,” said Buekman on Sunday.
The safety strategy of the taxi industry is also necessary in the context as a large number of people who depend on this service as well as the impact these crimes have on innocent families.
“The incidence of last night is a further indication that violence in the taxi industry has now reached crisis levels in the country and multi-sectoral intervention strategy must be implemented to effectively deal with this scourge,” Beukman said.
The Committee welcomes the activation of a 72-hour action plan by the National Commissioner which consists of members from specialized units within the South African Police Service including Crime Intelligence, The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, and Detectives to trace and apprehend perpetrators of these killings.
The Committee sends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.