Western Cape Gov Promises Intervention as Deadly Taxi Violence Continues
The Western Cape Government promises to resolve the ongoing deadly taxi violence in Cape Town. It has been two weeks of taxi violence and people living in fear of random attacks by unknown taxi related gunmen.
The unresolved fatal taxi violence in the Western Cape Metro areas is now targeting everyone in the business of transporting people to and from work.
The taxi violence killings continue despite the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula’s, public statement of intervention with taxi associations in the province.
The City of Cape Town's JP Smith stated that there are elements in the taxi industry that seeks to control public transport in the province.
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Smith, who is the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security in Cape Town, says police are conducting stop and searches as an attempt to mitigate the ongoing taxi violence. He confirmed that five arrests related to taxi violence have been made and weapons with ammunition seized.
Smith says shootings are not targeting taxi drivers only but also involves innocent people who drive in their private vehicles.
There were attempts to intimidate people loading taxis and to intimidate private vehicles even and turn them around.
A Golden Arrow driver was shot in Nyanga Township on Monday morning and there are more fatal shootings which involve passengers in the Khayelitsha Township.
In his statement, the Minister said, “those who resolve the disagreements with the barrel of a gun will face the full might of the law”.
While the killing of innocent people continues, there hasn’t been a reported resolution to stop the violence. The discussions are said to be ongoing to resolve the issue.
The taxi industry is particularly known for resolving disagreements by killing each other. Smith promised an intervention through implementing a system that will regulate the taxi industry membership.
The taxi violence continues to impact on the jobs of those who use public transport to get work. Golden Arrow bus is also reported to be operating on a limited capacity.
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