Pedestrian shot in Cape Town protest

2012-02-23 10:22

Cape Town - A pedestrian was critically wounded when he was shot during a protest by minibus taxi operators in Hout Bay, Cape Town, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times newspaper reported that the man, 37, was shot in the head when he caught in the crossfire at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement on Wednesday.

He walked to the Hout Bay police station and was taken to hospital.

Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper that a 51-year-old person had been arrested on charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to property, assault and public violence.

About 50 legal drivers from the Imizamo Yethu Sedan Taxi Association refused to operate on Wednesday in protest against drivers operating without permits in their area.

Driver Lunga Vellem told the newspaper that the association and the city council had agreed that no new taxi permits would be issued for the area.

If drivers wanted to operate on the route, they would have to join the association.

"We won't operate until they get off the road. They are stealing our business and they are not even permitted to carry passengers," he said.

Residents affected by the strike emptied their rubbish bins into the street while teenage boys walked around with hammers and whips.

The provincial transport department condemned the violence.

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