“It’s to eliminate competition from public transport”

Violence erupted in Nyanga on Friday morning as Cape Town cracked down on illegal taxi operators.

Refilwe Moloto interviews JP Smith – Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security.

  • Taxi operators targeted another Golden Arrow bus on the N2 on Friday morning

  • They also stoned vehicles, blocked roads and burned tires

  • Police arrested multiple suspects

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Public violence also erupted at the intersections of Sheffield and New Eisleben.

This (Friday) morning some taxi drivers targeted a Golden Arrow bus on the N2… They descended into another cowardly depression stoning a vehicle carrying schoolchildren… blocking roads, burning tyres…

JP Smith, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

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As a result, traffic authorities closed several roads in the area.

Last week’s crackdown on “amaphela” taxis saw Golden Arrow buses and other vehicles attacked.

On Thursday, the authorities seized 37 taxis and “amaphèles”.

“We won’t stop until we restore full order and until private citizens and other public transportation operators can operate safely,” Smith said.

“For too long we have let mafia-like unions control the public transport sector.”

There were numerous arrests this morning for public violence…Tips within the industry that they raised funds to pay hitmen, to target traffic cops…It’s dangerous for our staff .

JP Smith, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

Smith warned that for every vehicle burned, illegal operators can expect the city to confiscate 50 of their vehicles.

He says illegal taxi operators were perpetrating the violence.

The real objective here is to eliminate competition from public transport, just as trains were eliminated.

JP Smith, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

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