Taxi violence flares up

2017-03-23 06:03
There was a heavy police presence at the Nyanga Taxi Rank as commuters left stranded with no taxis taking them to work. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

There was a heavy police presence at the Nyanga Taxi Rank as commuters left stranded with no taxis taking them to work. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Despite police claiming a string of success in combating taxi violence by seizing weapons and impounding vehicles, the carnage is spreading to more townships. Commuters feel the pinch.

Two weeks ago, taxi violence flared up in Delft and spilled over into Nyanga, and on Tuesday, Human Rights Day, reared its ugly head in Langa and Gugulethu.

It is believed that the cause of the violence is rouge taxi operators who seem to be muscling in on the Delft route, which is currently under the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association. On Tuesday three incidents of shooting were reported in Nyanga, Gugulethu and Langa which left residents, some going to a PAC Sharpeville rally in Langa and some to work, stranded.

Yesterday(Wednesday), some were late for work in Nyanga and Gugulethu.

“Following two fatal shooting incidents in the Delft and Nyanga areas, the Provincial SAPS Management, with other role players, have embarked on several operations targeting taxi hubs since early March,” said Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

He said that the officials included City, Department of Transport, Law Enforcement also included residents with conflict resolution skills trying to resolve the fracas.

“Since 13 March 2017, only minor incidents were registered and no loss of life related to taxi violence was recorded in the Delft area,” said van Wyk.

Van Wyk added that between 14 and 20 March 2017, 32 taxis were impounded, 1620 fines were issued, 15 warrants of arrest were served, two others were arrested for ignoring warrants, 10 firearm and 9 magazines were confiscated.

“Drugs such as dagga and tik were also seized during the operations. The operations are set to continue until normality has been restored. We urge both the commuters and taxi operators to cooperate with the police, as our objective is to ensure safety for all.”

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