The police have launched and investigation into the murder of a passenger who was shot and killed inside a minibus taxi in Site C, Khayelitsha, leaving other passengers in shock.

Andrè Traut, police spokesperson said an unknown male passenger was shot and killed inside a taxi in Lansdowne Road in BT Block Khayelitsha by unknown suspects at about 3.10pm on Wednesday.

SA National Taxi Council provincial spokesperson Gershon Geyer said it had come to their attention that the shooting was between two passengers. He condemned any form” of violence in the taxi industry.

Fransina Lukas, Khayelitsha Community Policing Forum (CPF) provincial chairperson said the incident was shocking, and that criminals were becoming more and more brazen and seemed not to care about the law.

Lukas also said “The police must make an arrest soon and the perpetrator must be brought to book, and the courts need to deal with the perpetrator if found guilty to make an example to others who might be contemplating such heinous crimes”.

Lulama Mvimbi, ANC provincial spokesperson on transport said the incident had once again exposed the challenge of safety for public transport commuters in the Western Cape, especially in taxis.

He said “We wish to convey our condolences to the family of the deceased, and call on the taxi industry to beef up its security, particularly installing CCTV cameras in taxi ranks to make it easy to track commuters and thugs who use taxis”.