On Friday, a Cape Town Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officer was killed while on patrol in Nyanga, Western Cape, during the current taxi strike.
Zanikhaya Kwinana, 32, and two colleagues were on their way to Bishop Lavis when the gunman opened fire on them.
On Saturday morning, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis responded on social media, vowing to find the suspects.
“I am deeply saddened by the murder of a City of Cape Town LEAP officer whilst on duty in Nyanga last night. My deepest condolences to his family. All of Cape Town mourns with them. The City and SAPS will work together to bring his killers to justice, and we will offer the maximum possible reward.”
Hill-Lewis also said that the murder could be linked to the ongoing taxi strike that has devastated the Mother City this week.
Violence erupted when buses, private cars and an ambulance transporting a patient were pelted with petrol bombs.
“We know we must persevere in the long and difficult task of building a society founded on the rule of law, where criminals do not rule. We will persevere despite tragedy and setback, for that is the only way South Africa can succeed,” wrote Mayor Hill-Lewis.
City officials have declared that they will impound taxis whose drivers do not observe traffic laws and whose vehicles are not roadworthy.
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) responded by calling for a strike this week.
Meanwhile, Santaco Secretary-General Baki Qumbu believes that the industry should withdraw its services.
“We are in support of the taxi services withdrawal for a few days. It would be unprofessional and put the industry under duress if they continued to operate as if nothing happened.
“The laws formulated by the city are very unfair. Any offence a car is being impounded. We encourage that negotiations should take place to guide our structures at a provincial level,” Qumbu said.