Legal taxis in Cape Town protest over unlicensed operators

2017-06-14 18:41
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – Minibus taxis which had blocked a main road near Muizenberg on Wednesday were said to be angry about unlicensed vehicles intruding on their route.

"Legal taxi drivers are unhappy about illegal taxi operators operating in Retreat and Steenberg," said Cape Town traffic services principal inspector Maxine Jordaan.

A blockade of about 50 minibus taxis had forced the closure of Prince George Drive in both directions at Military Road.

The road reopened around 13:00 after taxi drivers shifted to Blue Route Mall. They then made their way to Kirstenhof police station.

Western Cape police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said police were monitoring the situation.

"No violence has been reported at this stage."

On Tuesday, a group of gunmen opened fire in a drive-by shooting on the same road.

The shooting from a Toyota Camry took place in the nearby suburb of Capricorn, said Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Nobody was injured and it was not clear who the shooters were targeting. The men fled the scene.

Western Cape police also confirmed a nearby shooting in St Christopher Street, Lavender Hill on Tuesday evening.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and right shoulder. He was rushed to hospital.

No arrests had yet been made.

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