Man killed in Nyanga protests

2014-09-01 12:19
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Cape Town - A 39-year-old man has been killed after violent protests in Nyanga on Monday morning.

Western Cape police spokesperson, FC Van Wyk, has confirmed that the body of a 39-year-old was found near the bus terminus in Nyanga with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Nyanga, Crossroads, and Philippi areas descended into chaos after several buses were torched and bus drivers escaped with minor injuries.

According to Van Wyk the man was a taxi driver.

EWN reports that the man’s body was covered with a white sheet while police continued to patrol the area.

Golden Arrow has withdrawn its services to the affected areas. Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke said it was impossible to run bus services in Nyanga at present.

The company was instead operating from Borchards Quarry and the Manenberg police station.

ENCA staffer, Yashini Padayachee, tweeted "media is being advised to leave the volatile situation in Nyanga".

The incident has been condemned Western Cape transport MEC Donald Grant.

"The perpetrators of these very serious crimes must be made to face the full might of the law," he said in a statement.

"The on-going negative impact on the economy of such disruption, including the closure of the N2 [highway] for a short period, is obvious."

Seven buses were set alight, four were badly damaged, and 11 bus drivers assaulted at and near the Nyanga Bus Terminus around 06:00, said Dyke.

She said it was believed the crowd could be protesting taxi drivers.

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