A VIOLENT LEGACY: The taxi industry and government at loggerheads

  • Makubetse Sekhonyane Institute for Security Studies
  • Jackie Dugard Centre for Applied Legal Studies
Keywords: crime, violence, South Africa, taxi, taxi industry


For over a decade the taxi industry has been heavily embroiled in conflicts that have claimed thousands of lives. At the heart of the problem is the persistent struggle over control of this multi-billion rand industry that carries over 60% of South Africa’s commuters. Given its troubled and often violent history, and its substantial share of the commuter market, clearer government commitment is needed in the form of adequate investment and implementation of a comprehensive and participatory recapitalisation programme.

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