The release of the Commission of Inquiry report into Taxi Violence in Gauteng, has brought back sad memories to Sibusiso Zwane whose cousin Floyd Ndlovu was gunned down in 2015.
Floyd, who owned and operated taxis, died in a hail of bullets and his killers are still unknown today. He was gunned down in front of his wife and children in Tsutsumani on the outskirts of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
“It is an industry run by Mafias,” Sibusiso told Scrolla.Africa.
Sibusiso, who is also a taxi owner and driver, said the industry is very rich – and dangerous.
He remembered the day his cousin died. “He was driving from Greenstone to his home in Tsutsumani just on the outskirts of Alexandra when he was followed by a Golf and a BMW.
“The BMW had just dropped a hitman outside Floyd’s house and parked just behind the house. When my cousin arrived at his house, the hitman started shooting at him. He retaliated and shot back.
“The two people sitting in the BMW realised that there was a shootout. They came back and joined the show.
“The man on the passenger seat in the BMW pulled out a big rifle and fired several shots at Floyd. He died with his gun in his hands,” said Sibusiso.
He said Floyd’s wife, who was at home with the children, managed to lock the children in one room while their father died in a hail of bullets at his front gate.
Sibusiso said the violence in the industry has left behind many orphans and widows who are struggling to look after their children. “Many children have dropped out from school or universities.”
Floyd left behind five taxis which cannot be used as his wife cannot make it in the business. The business is male-dominated and hard for women to get into.
The Commission of Inquiry into Taxi Violence, which released its report on Thursday, was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in September 2019.
It had damning findings including that some of the weapons used in the murders belonged to the police.
The inquiry also stated that suspects in taxi violence murders are usually not found.