Cape Town taxi strike 'calm'

2011-03-15 11:06

Cape Town - Areas affected by Cape Town's minibus taxi strike were calm on Tuesday morning as metro police monitored violence and intimidation, the city's traffic department said.

"Metro police were deployed to the hotspots...Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, Crossroads and Nyanga to monitor the situation," said city spokesperson Kylie Hatton.

"We had a bus stoned at 05:00 in Khayelitsha but nobody was injured and there was no substantial damage to the bus," she said.

Violence erupted overnight when a bus was set alight and cars stoned. The bus driver was injured and admitted to hospital.


SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) members are protesting 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.

Hatton said there was a small increase in taxi services to certain areas, although taxi commuters were mostly left stranded.

"We are nowhere near a 50% service...however, Mitchell's Plain didn't embark on a strike and are operating internally," she said.

"We are also seeing a functioning service on the West Coast in Atlantis and Dunoon."

Hatton said there was partial transport service in other areas near the Belville interchange, although buses were not using the interchange itself for fear of intimidation.

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

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  • daaivark - 2011-03-15 11:23

    As usual, the strike most affects those who have least to do with solving the problems, and so, as usual, the good old working stiff is the poor oke that suffers.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-15 11:42

    All Violent protests must be banned! And as for sympathy to the Taxi drivers. F you until you learn how to behave!

  • nontembeko.ntsila - 2011-03-15 12:05

    Taxi drivers are making things deffecult for them, why did they stoned buses? when buses and trains are on strike they have nothing to do with taxis. Taxi drivers don't behave!!!!!

      Pine - 2011-03-15 12:33

      No, they (or rather, a very large group of them) don't have the ability to behave like human beings. They want to be a law unto themselves and carry on behaving like morons on our roads.

  • Ludakris - 2011-03-15 12:10

    Heinous that commuters are attacked! Those who have to clock in lose money and their situation is desperate. These taxis should be banned and new national (or rather good, typical INTER-national) systems brought in. Already the regular carnage on the roads, the bad driving habits and overcrowding, intimidation with these drivers outside of this latest violence (based on greed) should be enough to warrant a COMPLETE shut-down and makeover. The taxis are not safe. They threaten citizens lives far too often. Enough is enough!

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-15 12:29

    "Santaco secretary general Philip Taaiboach said authorities regularly impouned taxis without good reason" - YOU have got to be shitting me... Gee wizz these taxis are a HAZARD. I feel for those you have to use their shitty services and I feel for the people who have to drive on the roads with these ANIMALS...

  • erasmus.ghalid - 2011-03-15 12:32

    Mitchells Plain can not be intimidated FLOL

  • Simon Groves - 2011-03-15 12:59

    It's been a pleasure to drive for the last two days without the crazy antics of lawless taxi drivers. I have no sympathy for them at all and only feel sorry for those unfortunate enough to have to risk their lives getting into death traps driven by idiots.

  • Stephanus - 2011-03-15 13:19

    First they say "We had a bus stoned at 05:00 in Khayelitsha but nobody was injured and there was no substantial damage to the bus" Then they say "Violence erupted overnight when a bus was set alight and cars stoned. The bus driver was injured and admitted to hospital" Am I missing someting here?

  • MASE - 2011-03-15 14:09

    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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