Efforts to help tackle taxi-related conflict continued – Cape Town

Situation continues to cause tremendous hardship and anxiety among law-abiding citizens

City continues its efforts to help tackle taxi-related conflict

20 July 2021

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement services continue to work closely with SAPS and other role-players to mitigate the threat of violence in the ongoing taxi conflict.

The situation continues to cause tremendous hardship and anxiety among law-abiding citizens, many of whom are directly affected as they have no means to get to and from work.

The threat of violence at PTIs and along taxi routes has further fueled this anxiety.

The City is doing all it can to help ease the situation.

In the last few days, our staff have made five arrests pertaining to the violence and recovered as many firearms.

Our Traffic Service has confiscated 44 taxis for operating illegally or in contravention of their operating permits in the last week. The figure is lower than usual, as many taxi operators have suspended their services.

However, our efforts in this regard have been ongoing, with 6 688 public transport vehicles impounded in the last financial year.

Last night, Metro Police and Law Enforcement staff escorted buses to ensure that commuters got home safely.

Our enforcement and emergency services will continue to render assistance in any way possible to address the ongoing conflict.

Ultimately, though, we call on the rival taxi associations to come to the table and find an amicable solution to the impasse that is costing lives and livelihoods at a time when we can ill afford it.

The City further calls on Provincial and National government to amend the relevant legislation to address the underlying drivers of the violence.

Issued by Media Office, City of Cape Town, 20 July 2021