Wednesday, July 21, 2021

More soldiers to be deployed to quell Western cape ongoing taxi violence

 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says he will officially request for the deployment of more soldiers to quell ongoing taxi violence in the province.

More than 20 people have been killed in the recent conflict between rival groups – the Cape Amal-gamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA).

On Monday, services were disrupted after a bus driver was shot and wounded near Nyanga. The bus company says there have been several threats of intimidation on social media against the service.

Meanwhile the Mayco member for safety and security JP smith gave a feedback from the City’s safety and security morning meeting, and reported so far there has been no taxi violence reported this morning. Very few taxis are currently operating and public transport interchanges (PTIs) and ranks are quite.

City enforcement services are maintaining a presence in all affected areas. There are also conducting vehicle checks, looking for firearms and ensuring the taxis operating are doing so legally.

He also pleaded with the public to stray from sharing unverified voice notes and messages.

by Evermgelista Muza

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