28 May 2019

South Africa’s gang war over taxi routes


In recent years, South Africa has seen a surge in organised street violence, but this gang war is not being fought over drugs, but taxi routes. Minibuses are the main form of public transport for millions of people every day and the fierce competition for passengers has sparked a bloody fight for control over routes.

We have been to the town of Mthatha, known as the murder capital of the Eastern Cape. Hundreds of people have been killed and injured there in the last two years as drivers, their families and passengers get caught up in the deadly battle for dominance.