Pedestrian shot in Cape Town protest
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