PICS | 4 people shot and wounded in another terrifying day for Cape Town taxi drivers and passengers

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Police presence at Cape Town Station Deck after an alleged  shooting incident involving rival taxi drivers in Cape Town.
Police presence at Cape Town Station Deck after an alleged shooting incident involving rival taxi drivers in Cape Town.
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  • A gunman opened fire on a taxi with four occupants in Cape Town on Wednesday.
  • A taxi driver had to speed off to the safety of a police station with three wounded passengers.
  • In Manenberg, a man was shot in the chest after shots were fired at a taxi.

Three people were shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire on their taxi, on the N2 en route to Cape Town, as violence linked with route rivalry continues in the taxi industry.

The terrified driver kept driving until he reached the safety of the Maitland police station.

Western Cape police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said three passengers aged 26, 32 and 41 were shot and wounded.

In another incident in Manenberg, shots were fired at a taxi.

READ | Taxi killings: Western Cape transport MEC mulls closing some routes as death toll rises

A 31-year-old man was shot in the chest.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 14: Police presence
Police presence at Cape Town Station Deck after an alleged shooting incident involving rival taxi drivers.

In both cases, the victims were treated and rushed to hospitals.

The gunmen are still at large.

Meanwhile, an incident at the taxi rank in central Cape Town sent people scattering towards the Grand Central Mall.

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has stressed that these incidents have nothing to do with the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 14: Police presence
Police presence at Cape Town Station Deck.

More details on the Cape Town central incident were not immediately available, but Western Cape local government department spokesperson James-Brent Styan said there were concerns that the incident and the ensuing rush away from the scene were linked to looting, but this was not the case.

'Not an attempt to loot'

"This resulted in a crowd of approximately 60 persons running into Grand Central Mall, which sparked the fear of looting," he said.

"Shop owners closed all doors and law enforcement moved the crowd from the mall.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 14: Police presence
Police presence at Cape Town Station Deck.

"This was not an attempt to loot but a response to the shooting at the station. No damage to property was reported."

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Khayelitsha resident said of Tuesday's shootings: 

It was so bad in my area, there were police all over the place. People were dead like flies. It's so scary.

The latest shooting comes days ahead of the threatened closure of some taxi routes due to relentless attacks in which 76 people have been killed since January.

Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell has gazetted his intention to close a route between Paarl and Bellville because of a loading rights dispute which has escalated.

Associations affiliated with the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) will be most affected if routes were shut.

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