Johannesburg – The Commission of Inquiry into Taxi Violence in Gauteng is accepting any information that may be relevant to the matters it is tasked with looking into.
Commission chairperson Justice Jeremiah Shongwe said: “Any person or section of the public, including community structures, members of relevant communities and of the public, minibus taxi-type service associations, drivers, operators, conductors and rank marshals, in possession of information that may be relevant to the matters and wishes to give evidence before the Commission is invited to contact the secretary to arrange the date and time when you may testify before the commission.”
The commission was established to investigate the root causes of taxi violence in Gauteng.
Shongwe said evidence related to the work of the commission can be submitted to the commission’s secretary.
The terms of reference include the underlying reasons for the recurring conflict, violence, fatalities and instability within the minibus taxi-type service industry within the Gauteng Province; the activities of operators, legal and illegal, as well as any other group or person that contributes to the recurring conflict.
There are two commissioners who will be assisting the chairperson in the execution of the commission’s duties, namely Lungile Mabece, who is a Senior Attorney and Hlula Msimang, an executive operating in the law enforcement, security and intelligence sector.
The commission also consists of a Secretary, Mamiki Selesho, a legal risk management and forensic accountancy specialist, who will be assisted by administrative staff.
There are four evidence leaders in the legal department under the leadership of Nano Matlala (Senior Attorney), namely Advocate Hendrik Potgieter; Advocate Tiny Seboko; Advocate Richard Mkhabela and Advocate Tebogo Mafafo.
The commission is based at 15 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.
People can contact the commission on 082 873 0395 or 066 390 0303, or email Info.Taxiviolence@gauteng.gov.za.
For more visit www.taxiviolencecommission.gauteng.gov.za.