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Cape Town Highlanders Deployed To Support SAPS Amid Taxi Violence
Supplied by: South African National Defence Force
The taxi violence in the Western Cape has allegedly been ongoing for months, but seems to have taken a turn for the worst in July of 2021. This taxi violence has caused a major transportation issue within the region, with civilians being unable to get to work during a pandemic that has already been largely strenuous on employment and job security in the country.
The violence has also made some areas extremely unsafe for civilians that are attempting to commute from place to place, with even Uber drivers reportedly being occasionally stopped by taxi drivers as they try to transport citizens. A number of casualties have also been reported since the violence has started to grow more dangerous.
As a result of the ongoing violence, as of the 20th of July, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have deployed Cape Town Highlanders to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) "in curbing the ongoing Taxi violence in the Western Cape", according to the SANDF. They have been deployed to Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Samora Machel townships whilst Vehicle Check Points were held in Delft.