Taxi violence in Nyanga has left commuters stranded as the City of Cape Town suspends the Dial-a-Ride transporting service to the area. An essential service for commuters with special needs who cannot make use of conventional transport.
The stoning of the City’s Dial-A-Ride vehicle with a vulnerable passenger on board has led to the suspension of the service in Nyanga until further notice, reports IOL.
On Wednesday, one of the vehicles was vandalised, according to the City of Cape Town, which operates the service.
“The back windscreen of the vehicle was stoned while one vulnerable passenger was already on board,” said the City in a statement.
The incident followed the taxi violence in Nyanga last week, as the targeted area was a scene of chaos when a number of cars including Golden Arrow buses were stoned and torched.
Furthermore, the City says it fears that it could place more vulnerable people’s lives at risk.
“The City cannot risk the lives of the passengers and its staff while this violence continues and will only resume operations once it is safe to do so,” said the Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.
Quintas condemned the acts of violence. He also rejected claims on social media that there is ongoing racial targeting and profiling towards the taxi industry.
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