Pretoria, South Africa, Jul 25, 2018 / 16:01 pm
The South African Catholic Bishops' Conference decried Wednesday a recent series of taxi driver murders and encouraged the government to bring the criminals to justice.
"It is clear that there is a serious problem in the Taxi Industry that needs an immediate response," the bishops wrote July 24.
"AS [sic] the Catholic Church we implore the government, the relevant authorities and the taxi associations to destroy this demon of viciousness and slaughter."
Rivalries between taxi associations in South Africa have occurred in the past. Reportedly, tensions develop between groups of taxi drivers aiming to access particular routes. Minibus taxis are among the country's most popular forms of transport.