The ongoing taxi violence in Cape Town may now be affecting health services in various parts of the city, reports EWN.
The violence that has erupted between two taxi associations has left a trail of violence and blood in its wake after several people were caught in the crossfire. With some taxis refusing to operate and bus services impacted by the violence, healthcare workers are having a hard time getting to work.
The Western Cape’s vaccination rollout plan has also been affected by this states spokesperson Mark van der Heever said:
“Some of our health workers could not get to work or got to work late. On Tuesday, our vaccination teams were also affected by this, coupled with internet connectivity issues with EVDS, which saw 27,000 vaccines administered, which is 3,000 less than our target of 30,000.”
However, no new taxi-related shootings have been reported since July 21. This comes after the South African National Defence Force was deployed to restore calm to the streets of Cape Town.
“We welcome the calm. Our residents deserve nothing less. It really upsets me that our citizens are not able to do the most basic things, like travel to work without worrying about being caught in a crossfire,” said Minister of Community Safety Albert Fritz.
Picture: Cape Town ETC Gallery