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.

  • Bardy - 2012-02-23 10:32

    Uncivilized! Nothing more to add...

  • Barefoot - 2012-02-23 10:38

    how many of you just by looking at the headline thought it was the police that shot the pedestrian?

  • francoisswart0 - 2012-02-23 10:41

    why would they empty bins in their own township? What difference will that make? They are only making their filthy place where they life more digusting and they will be the people that have to pick it up afterwards Imizamo Yethu is already a dirty township.

      Mangoplanet - 2012-02-23 11:26

      Exactly what I thought Francois. I don't have transport to go to work, so I'll just mess up my street where I live and where my kids are supposed to play.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-23 10:46

    Taxi drivers are above the law, we all know that. I hope the victim is alright.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-23 11:41

    Yhoo...kulkhuni...when people think that they are doing something that will result in positive change by making their own environment dirty. What kind of thinking is this?

  • Jadon - 2012-02-23 11:41

    'Empty your own bin in your own street' seems to be the knee-jerk reaction for anything these days. Is there any way we could help this evolve into 'beat your own head on your own front door step?' Where is evolution when you need it?!

  • chris.heiberg - 2012-02-23 11:57

    Clean out those Cockroach taxis. A blight on Hout Bay.

  • mike.clery - 2012-02-23 12:08

    "Residents affected by the strike emptied their rubbish bins into the street". That should really help. Why not burn down the library and school too?

      Jadon - 2012-02-23 12:21

      Done. This week, kids in the Eastern Cape protested against a lack of teachers at their school by burning their text books. Their own text books! What a victory. Next week we'll read about kids protesting against a lack of text books by burning down their school.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-23 13:58

      I know I should not laugh at your comment Jadon because this is a really sad situation but is funny.

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