Earlier this year, February, Vukanini Taxi Association (Vukta) buried three of their drivers who died during the eruption between the taxi industry and a local bus company. It was alleged that they were brutally shot and killed by police.
Several drivers were admitted to hospital with various injuries and others were arrested for public violence. Many taxis and patrol vehicles, belonging to Vukta, were torched inside the taxi rank in a gruesome scene that occurred in broad day light, according to Vukta.
One more of the injured taxi-drivers, Ernest Mamba, succumbed to his injuries in hospital after about two months.
He passed on 8 April 2020.
“We are very saddened by the passing of our fellow brother. We had hoped that he was improving in hospital. He was seriously injured because he was shot in the upper body.”
May his soul rest in peace.
Everyone knows that they are going to leave this earth, but when it happens, it always leaves family and friends heartbroken. So that was in the hearts of the drivers of Vukanini Taxi Association as they went to bed on Saturday evening with the shocking news of the passing of two drivers. Speaking to The Bulletin, one driver said that their deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the deceased.
Both drivers who worked and served the community of Govan Mbeki fell sick and passed away on the same day in hospital. Funeral arrangements are still to be confirmed by the families. Their famous nicknames were Billy and Somakhawula.
We would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends. Rest in Peace Bafowethu. It’s in God’s hands. – Sandile Mkhwanazi