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Wealthy Pretoria taxi boss Mswazi dies

Written by on January 8, 2024

Wealthy Pretoria taxi owner and transport mogul Jothan Msibi, popularly known as Mswazi,  has died.

According to insiders close to the family, Msibi died in a Pretoria hospital on Sunday after he was admitted a month ago due to undisclosed illness.

A family member of Msibi who asked not to be named also confirmed to Sunday World that the taxi boss has died.

On the afternoon of January 7, Jothan Msibi, an influential figure in the South African transport industry, breathed his last. Popularly known as Mswazi the Taxi Boss, Msibi’s life story was a testament to the power of ambition and hard work. His journey from modest beginnings to becoming a respected transport entrepreneur is a narrative marked by resilience and vision, leaving an indelible imprint on the transport landscape of South Africa.

The Legacy of Mswazi the Taxi Boss

Msibi was much more than just a successful businessman. He owned a fleet of taxis, but his influence extended far beyond his personal assets. At one point in his career, he served as the president of the South African Local and Long Distance Taxis and Buses Organisation, a tenure that cemented his position as a key player in the transport industry. His leadership was characterized by a keen understanding of the complexities of the transport sector, coupled with a commitment to improving the industry for all stakeholders.

Last Days and Immediate Aftermath

Msibi’s death occurred in a Pretoria hospital following a brief illness. He had been admitted to the hospital approximately a month before his demise. The cause of his death, however, remains unknown. The news of his passing was confirmed to Sunday World by a family member, who also shared that the family is currently in the throes of arranging his funeral and dealing with the implications of his death. The loss of such a prominent figure naturally leaves a considerable void in the industry, and the family must now navigate this challenging period.

Mswazi’s Imprint on the South African Transport Industry

Msibi’s contributions to the South African transport industry are manifold. One of his most noteworthy achievements was his involvement with the founding of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the 1990s. His work in establishing transport routes, licenses, and associations has shaped the industry’s structure, making it more organized and efficient. As the transport industry continues to evolve, Msibi’s legacy will undoubtedly remain a significant part of its history, a testament to his enduring influence and impact.

    “I can confirm that Mswazi is no more. At this stage the family is still coming to terms with his sudden death. We are meeting as a family to discuss the way forward and plans for his funeral. We’ll public statement afterwards. He died today (Sunday) in the afternoon,” said the family member.

    “Mswazi was admitted to the hospital a month ago and died there. We are not sure yet about the cause of his death. We are still waiting for the report that will shed a light on the cause of his death,” said an insider.PauseUnmute

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    In 2000, it was reported that Msibi’s wife Sara and her sister Happy Mgoato were arrested for the murder plot where two hitmen were hired to kill him.

    The sisters were arrested in Soshanguve, after two would-be-hitmen had given the police sworn statements implicating them in a murder plot. It is not clear what became of the case.

    Hit on ex-spy boss Fraser

    Msibi was once the president of the South African Local and Long Distance Taxis and Buses Organisation. Though some lauded him for advocating for peace in the strife-ridden taxi industry, he was feared by others for his alleged involvement in the industry’s cancerous violence.

    Former state security agency director-general, Arthur Fraser, claimed that Msibi was hired to kill him. This was after Fraser had opened a criminal case against President Cyril Ramaphosa at Rosebank Police for the alleged cover-up on the Phala Phala farm robbery.
    At the time, Fraser claimed that Msibi was hired to kill him and his legal representative, Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane but didn’t disclose who had hired the taxi boss.
    In an intriguing twist of events, the alleged hit on Fraser and Sikhakhane was called off after the former spy boss went to Nkandla and complained to former President Jacob Zuma who allegedly told Msibi to leave the two men alone.

    This is a developing story.

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