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Presenting Nobody’s Business, Thabo Jijana’s Searing Investigation into Taxi Violence

Nobody’s BusinessNew title from Jacana, Nobody’s Business by Thabo Jijana:

After decades of having a taxi system in place for decent public transport in South Africa, the situation of route ownership and taxi violence can still not be resolved. Bullets don’t discriminate, cutting down rivals and innocents alike. Recently the taxi industry claimed three lives with their mafia-like tactics, and all-out gang warfare. Two minibus taxi drivers were shot dead in Pretoria and a child lost his mother on her way to work in Midrand.

We often forget about the ones that get left behind. The ones who might have been dependent on those who are no longer with them. A father. A husband. A mother. A wife.

In 2003, Thabo Jijana’s father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade later, Thabo faces up to South Africa’s most violent industry to try to figure out how and why his father was murdered.

In this searing first-person investigation, Thabo puts a face behind a recurrent tragedy that plagues South African working-class communities. He begins by trying to reconstruct the night the murder took place, but what he uncovers about the ongoing strife that has plagued government’s consistent attempts to formalise this multi-million rand industry comes with more baggage than he expected.

Nobody’s Business was first published as a Mampoer Short.

About the author

Thabo Jijana was born in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape. In 2011, he won the Anthony Sampson Foundation Award, which allowed him to spend two months investigating the emergence of community social movements in the country. From this experience, he emerged with an intense interest in pursuing human-interest stories that touch on injustice and human rights abuses. He is currently based in Port Elizabeth’s Motherwell township, from where he works as an independent journalist.

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