Violent protests at Cape Town taxi ranks
By Cindy Witten
09 December 2008
Earlier today, the City of Cape Town warned that protesting taxi operators were causing disruptions in the city. Taxi groups are opposed to the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, proposed in the run-up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Angry protestors attacked motorists, bus drivers and passengers in several parts of the province this morning, leaving many commuters stranded and workers unable to get to work on time. Reports say shots were fired as well as stones thrown around when protestors clashed with police.
However, Director Mlanga from Khayelitsha police department said that calm had been restored.
“Busses are still picking up the people on the on-ramp to the N2. Taxi’s are also driving around picking up people – there’s no violence at all now. We deployed a number of police officers; the visibility is high of police officers in the area,” said Mlanga.