Teachers were the latest victims of taxi violence in KwaZulu-Natal. In a tragedy earlier this week a taxi-related hit resulted in an accident causing the death of 11 people in Ladysmith. The target of the hit was a bakkie carrying five people linked to the Klipriver Taxi Association. When the bakkie was hit, it veered out of its lane and crashed into a taxi which was transporting school teachers to work.
This misfortune was not an isolated event. Over the past few years, there has been a drastic increase in hits being recorded in South Africa and particularly in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2010 a total of 11 hits were recorded in the province, by 2016 the number had increased to 56.
Since the beginning of the year, our database has recorded over 70 taxi-related hits in South Africa of which 22 were in KwaZulu-Natal. KwaZulu-Natal has also been the home of political, organised crime and personal hits, with a total of 40 hits being recorded in the province since January.
*We acknowledge that our database is a work in progress which is constantly being updated as new information comes to light. Cases are sometimes only recognised at hits during the investigation or trial stage and are therefore only included in the database at such point. For more information on how we record and classify hits please see the categories page on our website.