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gautengNews24 reports that Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has shut down Tsakane taxi rank in Ekurhuleni with immediate effect following a shooting that left four people dead on Wednesday morning.  

"No taxis will be allowed to operate from the Tsakane taxi rank and law enforcement personnel will be deployed to the affected area tonight (Wednesday)," Vadi said in a statement.  He urged commuters in the Tsakane and Brakpan area to make alternative transport arrangements.  The taxi rank would remain closed until the security risk relating to the taxi industry in the area stabilised, he indicated.  The announcement came after four people were shot and killed and six others were injured during taxi-related violence in Brakpan on Wednesday morning.  The shooting took place shortly after members of the Brakpan Taxi Association attended a meeting in the area to resolve their complaints.  After the meeting had concluded and members began to leave, a dispute about the Brakpan and Tsakane taxi routes among the members apparently sparked the shootout.

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