Hout Bay taxi shooting: 'Illegal taxi operators sparking the violence'

Four men are dead following a shooting in Hout Bay in the early hours of Monday morning.

A specialised team of detectives have been dispatched to probe the murders believed to be linked to taxi feuds.

John Maytham spoke to the provincial minister of transport and public works in the Western Cape Donald Grant who says the violence is caused by two associations operating illegally on the Hout Bay - Cape Town route.

What you are having here is that there is an increased demand on this particular route. Taxi owners and taxi operators who were running their taxis are now muscling in on where there is excessive demand to try and solve the problem of commuters.

Donald Grant, Provincial Minister - Transport And Public Works

READ: Motive behind deadly Hout Bay taxi rank shooting under investigation

Holistically we have about 14 500 licenses now and we have an additional 5 000 or 6 000 illegal taxis operating in within the Western Cape on top of that number.

Donald Grant, Provincial Minister - Transport And Public Works

Grant says there have to be consequences for people who break the law.

We have appealed to national government to say time is coming where if a vehicle is impounded three times, then that vehicle is lost.

Donald Grant, Provincial Minister - Transport And Public Works

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