The ongoing taxi violence in parts of Cape Town disrupted the Golden Arrow Bus Services schedule, which saw thousands of Capetonians left stranded in the pouring rain.
This comes after two buses were torched at the Blackheath depot in Cape Town on Thursday, July 15, while a bus driver was robbed at gunpoint along Govan Mbeki Drive near Philippi merely a day after.
In a more recent incident that shook all of Cape Town, a Golden Arrow bus driver was struck by a bullet through the mouth near Borcherd’s Quarry on Monday morning, July 19 as IOL reports.
These violent attacks have caught the attention of Eskom, who has decided to suspend some major services in parts of Cape Town that are affected by ongoing taxi violence.
In a statement cited by News24, the power utility said that the taxi violence which continues to affect parts of Cape Town threatens the safety of their staff who travels in vehicles that resemble taxis.
“The Eskom specialised maintenance and support teams who travel in white minibuses that resemble taxis are at risk, and we would not want them to be mistaken for taxis and potentially be targeted,” the statement read.
“As a result, all the Eskom white minibuses that resemble taxis have been grounded. The grounding of these vehicles limits Eskom’s ability to provide major services in the affected areas.”
The affected areas include Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Bellville, Wynberg, Vrygrond, Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele, Athlone and Mitchells Plain, as News24 adds.