Bus set alight in Cape Town taxi strike

2011-03-15 07:48

Cape Town - Violence continued overnight in Cape Town's minibus taxi strike when a bus was set alight and cars stoned, the city's traffic department said on Tuesday.

The bus driver was injured and admitted to hospital, said spokesperson Kylie Hatton.

Protests turned violent in Mfuleni and Nyanga on Monday morning. Fifteen people were arrested in Mfuleni for public violence where a Golden Arrow bus was stoned.

Taxi commuters were left stranded in Cape Town when Santaco members embarked on a strike to protest against the red tape and "sloppiness" around the issuing of operating licences by the provincial government, and to protest against "draconian" traffic laws.

Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch said authorities regularly impounded taxis without good reason.

He said the strike would continue until the Western Cape provincial government addressed key complaints from taxi industry.

He said more than 120 taxis had been impounded and some were at risk of being repossessed because owners were unable to pay instalments.

A meeting was scheduled with Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele for midday on Tuesday in an attempt to reach an agreement.

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  • Bloedrivier - 2011-03-15 08:08

    Who let the dogs out?

      Dougalan - 2011-03-15 08:56

      The only message that taxi drivers will understand is to be met with determined force. The have become a lawless mafia, unwilling to obey basic laws and not wanting the SA public to have access to any other transport system which is the norm in civilised countries. It's no use negotiating with people who attack and burn property. Lock them up and confiscate taxis until they learn to behave like civilised, law-abiding people. Enough is enough. However, there's also the ANC in the background trying to disrupt the W.Cape so they can extend their corrupt rule there again.

      Kobus - 2011-03-15 10:00

      mandela did :P

  • Patriot - 2011-03-15 08:11

    Draconian traffic laws? Like driving sober, stopping at red robots and stop signs, using indicators and having 15 or less people in a taxi?

      Lynt' - 2011-03-15 08:23

      Right On!!!

  • Thandi - 2011-03-15 08:12

    Oh dear, playtime for the children again..

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-15 11:33

      And Thandi, I take it you just dont give a Rats Arse about this issue.... well, wait till you are in an accident caused by a overloaded unroadworthy taxi one day, your mind will quickly change.....

      Thandi - 2011-03-15 12:25

      @chrismtb007 - you obviously misinterpreted my comment - I feel very strongly about the issue and would be first in the queue to condemn everything about taxi drivers. I was perhaps being too kind when I likened them to children - savages would be more appropriate.

  • PurpleDragon - 2011-03-15 08:13

    It's funny, they are protesting about "draconian" traffic laws but breaking all sorts of other laws while protesting.

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-15 08:15

    ANC heaven comes to Cape Town.

  • Truds - 2011-03-15 08:17

    I guess the same laws (traffic and other) that we all have to abide is not supposed to count for taxi drivers/owners!

  • byline - 2011-03-15 08:19

    If they drove properly and obeyed the traffic laws and kept their vehicles in roadworthy conditions and not overload them, they would no longer feel they are unduly harassed, for the simple reason that the traffic authorities will find another category of lawbreakers to bring to book

  • ji - 2011-03-15 08:21

    make these idiots pay for all damage they cause

  • Lucymou - 2011-03-15 08:22

    I read in the Cape Times this morning a school bus was attacked by these savages and a little girl with Down Syndrome was hurt. FFS who in their right mind attacks a school bus with special needs children in it, how does that help your cause?????

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-03-15 08:34

      I still do not understand why any strike that turns violent in this country isn't immediately outlawed and all negotiations stopped. Sure, people have the right to strike but S.A. is known for how barbaric our strikes ALWAYS turn out.. And if you have the right to strike you also should have the right NOT to strike without fearing for your life. Also, the fact that Santaco still stands behind a strike where a special needs bus was attacked and the innocent driver of a bus arrows hospitalised is shameful.. It shows that the union is after money and not fair treatment

  • gizzy - 2011-03-15 08:24

    Make those taxi thugs pay for all the damage. Come on DA, set a president and charge those thugs.

      marietspeel - 2011-03-15 09:17

      I totally agree. Make their union accountable for the actions of its members. Maybe that way the union will keep their members in line.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-03-15 08:25

    This is so typical of our majority. If you disagree or feel agrieved in any manner then you must smash, kill, destroy and burn. Then when there is nothing left you stand with the begging bowl out. This scenario is played out time amd time again in South Africa. Smash, break, destroy, kill and burn. Savages.

      paulf - 2011-03-15 08:28

      They have Satan's motives, Kill, Steal and Destroy!!!

      eben.brainou - 2011-03-15 08:48

      agents bloody agents

  • Hugh - 2011-03-15 08:28

    Utterly pathetic; lawlessness gets justified through more lawlessness. It’s truly sad how violence has become a part of our culture truly sad. I fear to fathom or think what next!

  • Lolke - 2011-03-15 08:29

    At the risk of being shot down in flames, i believe the ANC has a hand in this, so now the miniter of transport will come arround make some very acceptable sometimes unlawfull, promises and presto the ANC comes out on top, sickening!

      Felix - 2011-03-15 08:37

      occam's razor.

  • HomeGrown - 2011-03-15 08:29

    Thousands of commuters could not attend to work today, because of a taxi strike. The commuters were further denied their freedom of choice when busses and cars were stoned and set alight. The proof is clear that the economy cannot rely on an ad hoc transportation system such as the current taxi industry. Therefore, only two choices remain to make the public transport more reliable and safer for commuters: 1) Make it tougher for taxi licences to be issued, with limited number of points per licence. Every transgression should result in a deduction/loss of points. To remain licenced, a reliability index must constantly be achieved which should be reviewed periodically. Roads, and therefore routes are there for all to use, so no taxi association should have the right to claim ownership of a route. 2) Disband the taxi industry. The economy, and our society, need a reliable and safe mode of transport. The lawlessness created by the current ad hoc taxi industry is neither safe nor reliable, for the community nor for the economy.

      Felix - 2011-03-15 08:39

      Only 2 will work. Most of them don't have licences anyway.

      gen.mewmew - 2011-03-15 08:45

      the point system wont work here man!!!!! disbanding those damn savages sounds like a way better plan!

  • Hugh - 2011-03-15 08:29

    Utterly pathetic; lawlessness gets justified through more lawlessness. It’s truly sad how violence has become a part of our culture truly sad. I fear to fathom or think what next!

      paulf - 2011-03-15 09:15

      The ANC motives are the same as Satan's, Kill, Steal and Destroy at any cost!!!!!

  • Slapper - 2011-03-15 08:29

    What kind of Animals are we having to deal with? Every time they dont get what they want, they Burn, Destroy, Loot and Kill. As usual, there will be nobody held accountable.

  • Iceman200 - 2011-03-15 08:29

    Lets face reality most of these taxis are not fit to be on the road,they are a danger to both the commuters they transport and the innocent people on the road,also these drivers have no respect for anyone on the road and they carry on like lawless scum!!!

  • MoZaHo - 2011-03-15 08:32

    What agreement do they want to reach? These morons don't obey the law. Why should they be given special treatment, when the rest of us have to follow the rules of the road. Screw Them! They should be handled stricter, BECAUSE they transporting public.

  • AJ - 2011-03-15 08:45

    Just not equipped to function in a civil modern society, I'm afraid.

  • sjackson - 2011-03-15 08:49

    the goverment must not give into these taxi drivers. get the army in now as there is no war going on so they are doing nothing just getting paid for hanging around. the police cannot handle this strike so the army can be deployed to the streets now.

  • Eric - 2011-03-15 08:56


      Thandi - 2011-03-15 12:31

      The taxi bosses are likely enjoying a nice lunch somewhere, counting their money before they pass the Metro cops their cut.

  • deebee - 2011-03-15 08:56

    One of my delivery vehicles was stoned in Nyanga yesterday. Very fortunately my driver was not physically injured, but he was traumatised by the incident. There were no police in site at the Nyanga bus terminus. This does raise some issues: who teaches the strikers about the balance between rights and responsibilities? who pays for the costs of the damage caused? why are the police not at the trouble hotspots? where are the trade union officials in controlling the strikers? will there ever be a peaceful strike where people act like people and not hooligans?

      Janine - 2011-03-15 09:25

      Glad to hear that your driver wasn't injured but can only imagine how traumatic something like that must be.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-15 09:54

      Hooligans? You mean savages.

      Thandi - 2011-03-15 12:34

      Where were the police you ask? Not likely to see them where there is trouble - they might get their hand dirty, or even get hurt, or worse still have to ask (not tell) their income providers to stop behaving like savages.

  • Ben - 2011-03-15 08:56

    ANC voting time circus...Illogical way of thinking. Show them a red light and they will say it's blue.Gandhi was right, sorry to say.

  • JCTF - 2011-03-15 09:14

    Animals. Any strike involving violence should be halted immediately. How stupid do you have to be to believe that setting fire to government/public property will help anything?

  • Andrew - 2011-03-15 09:15

    What traffic laws are they talking about? I didn't know that Cape Town had different traffic laws compared to the rest of the country. The only difference is that in Cape Town we don't tolerate the lawlessness of taxi drivers. Cape Town should be congratulated for setting a good example to the rest of the country. Road safety in South Africa is a joke!!

  • Jaco van der Lith - 2011-03-15 09:16

    Put away the rubber bullets and start using lead for these barbaric ANC parasites, all they can do is destroy anything they touch!!!!

  • scud - 2011-03-15 09:31

    Another mature response from our civilised werkers

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  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 09:45

    What these bast@@ds need is to be exterminated. Get the forces in and shhot them, not with rubber bullets, live ammunition

  • Rob Royal - 2011-03-15 09:46

    The ANC created a culture of violence pre 1994 to get what they wanted and this just shows that they at it again. Where they do not have control violence to them is OK. Where they are in control its unacceptable to them. This taxi violence is ANC inspired. They want the Cape and will do anything to gain control here. It's time we woke up and saw what is behind this action - the ANC. As far as the taxis are concerned there is not much sympathy from the general public as all of us have had bad experiences with taxi drivers almost on a daily basis. The longer they stay on strike the more I like it. It was a pleasure driving around Cape Town and its surrounds yesterday.

      paulf - 2011-03-15 09:53

      Spot on there Rob!!!. The ANC's motive is the same as Satan's, Kill, Steal and Destroy at any cost!!!. The ANC's Heaven is actually Hell. This was ignited by Zuma on Sunday's meeting in Paarl, I can guarantee you that.

      Thandi - 2011-03-15 12:36

      Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption!!

  • Point Blank - 2011-03-15 09:52

    The savages are restless again..

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-15 09:57

    So why was Apartheid instigated? Why do you think are white people racist towards blacks. Why do you think that white people often look down on blacks? Can it be something to do with behaviour?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-15 10:58

      Exactly, it has everything to do with their behavior! Black people in the US, UK anywhere except SA are far better behaved than they are here and you find that they aren't look down at - why because they are valuable to society. Here their mentality is how much can I take or destroy the white man it doesn't matter how it affect the rest of the people as long as they're sorted. This selfish white man owes me everything mentality is going to be the fall of you useless culture. I don't think there is a more selfish and sinister culture on the face of the planet! Now you can call it racism I suppose but it's not cause they are black its because they uneducated and useless to society. Some of them are so useless that they make a shopkeepers job look hard.

      Ross - 2011-03-15 11:09

      I am black but have to agree... Think we need to get over the apartheid thing, get over that we all a diff shade and try to work together. stop complaining and get yourself out of that hole

      Brent Kotze - 2011-03-15 13:17

      @jiamalunga@Ross Why white poeple look down on blacks is because they were taught like that by their parents. Nothing to do with behaviour you all know that, The sasme message they are still passing to their kids. and if you chaps are black - then I am chinese

      Ross - 2011-03-15 18:10

      @Brent, I totally agree with you there on too. As young people living in SA we should then teach our kids that we are all equal. Iwish everyone in SA could think like some of us, Respect yourself and other, be accountable for your actions, stop wanting the easy way out..Simple things I am sure our grand parents knew but somewhere we lost the plot

  • Ross - 2011-03-15 10:08

    I drove to work this morning and it was such a pleasure without taxi's on the road. No needing to brake or stop suddenly for a taxi that decided to come from the far right for one person to jump out. They should be kept off the roads and Golden Arrow needs to now up its game and prove to us they can be our carrier for the workforce.

      Peta07 - 2011-03-15 15:56

      I so agree with you Ross. I just feel really sorry for the commuters that rely on public transport. I domestic had to pay R 10 to travel about 1.5km's this morning. She called me and I collected her in the vicinity. She was telling me horrific stories of what goes on in Khyelitsha - we don't even see that!!

  • za101 - 2011-03-15 10:17

    and da wants to implement toll roads in cape town too

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-15 10:26

      No Sanral! the ANC not the DA!

      Ross - 2011-03-15 11:07

      WC is run by the DA so its the DA

      Point Blank - 2011-03-15 11:37

      Toll roads are not the issue, you just nit picking...

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-15 10:19

    Burn burn burn, break break break... ANIMALS!!!

      Peta07 - 2011-03-15 16:13

      I don't think that they can be called animals - animals never hurt their own.....! they are barbarians I think!

  • SH4Ne - 2011-03-15 10:23

    I think they perceive law to be "Draconian" because before the taxi drivers were able to bribe their way out of transgressions but under the DA the cops actually do their work like they should.

  • happygolucky - 2011-03-15 10:25

    You know...i watched this on the news last night, where that poephall tsaid that it was kids who stoned the police vehicles and so on...and not the tell me please...why is it, that when there are photo's being taken of these protests, there are pics of adults doing this? do they just call them kids because thats where their mentality is at? It confusess me how the goverenment lets their people cause soooo much havoc. The industry wasnt even introduced by the government...but yet they let the industry just walk allllll over them. bunch of nobs

  • awonke.fongoqa - 2011-03-15 10:30

    did not make it trough my route today, price of taking chances, im not hurt but my car looks like hell just paid R3500.00 last month for to sets of tale lights and now have to buy for sets and a mirror i dont wanna count this one BMW i have a story to tell

  • paulvs - 2011-03-15 10:43

    So what is the MEC, Robin Carlisle doing about this situation ? O, I know, nothing, for he has no experience in transport has he ??. He just enjoys the fat paycheck, he screwed up the SWC's Transport, he does not want to engage with the Taxi organisations etc.

  • Cupra - 2011-03-15 11:22

    Fine all these a$$holes for ALL traffic Infringements... & multiply that fine by however many passengers on board!!! Be consistent!!!!!

  • Stephanus - 2011-03-15 13:06

    Why, why, WHY?? Why must you always destroy, disrupt and demolish everything when there is a strike? Bloody BARBARIANS!!

  • MASE - 2011-03-15 14:16

    Why is n`t the local government doing something about the strike? why aint they organizing temporary transport for children who should be going to schools, how about people who should be going to work? The government was supposed to be intervening in this situation? how about people who are sick and want to go to the hospitals? how about people who use taxis to go to other places to sell food/products so that they can buy food for the family, the government was supposed to be helping with alternative arrangements because this strike already caused lot of damages, violence,death injuries and other bad things happened. The government should be doing something to this or should listen to the protesters

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