Chaos in Cape Town amidst taxi strike

2017-09-18 09:03
MyCiti bus set alight on the N2 incoming the R300.

MyCiti bus set alight on the N2 incoming the R300. (City of Cape Town Traffic Services)

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Buses in Cape Town have been stoned and set alight amidst the provincial taxi strike on Monday morning (18 September).

Golden Arrow buses have been vandalised and one has reportedly been set alight in Delft and a MyCiti bus was also set alight on the N2 incoming R300.

The provincial taxi strike on Monday morning (18 September) has taken a turn for the worst leaving buses torched and commuters injured.

A Golden Arrow bus was set alight in Delft earlier this morning and a MyCiti bus was also set alight on the N2 at the R300.

Maxine Bezuidenhout from the City of Cape Town’s traffic services says the situation in and around Cape Town is highly volatile at the moment.

“We have just been informed that uniformed members are under attack in the areas where there is violence.”

According to Bezuidenhout, Delft Main Road and Mango Street have been closed. In some of the areas, tyres have been placed in the middle of the road and set alight.              

It is reported that a traffic services vehicle were stoned in Wynberg near Rosmead Avenue.

Commuters using buses have also been left stranded due to the violence that has erupted and buses not being able to move around in these areas.

The public is advised to be very cautious on the roads.

Golden Arrow spokesperson could not be reached by the time of going to print.

Police provincial spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa, said in a statement on Sunday (17 September) that the Public Order Police (POPs), Flying Squad members, K-9 as well as other units will be deployed at identified locations and taxi hubs in an effort to ensure safety and security for commuters and motorists.

Police could not comment on commuters who have been injured during the strike.

The media has received information that Mitchell's Plain taxi driver are planing to target all school transport drivers who do not strike this afternoon, parents are urged to make arrangements to keep your children safe.

More details to follow.

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