A video doing the rounds on social media, shows men allegedly attacking taxis on Jakes Gerwel Drive near Langa in Cape Town. The nature of the video is still unclear and it has not been confirmed whether it is connected to the ongoing taxi violence in the province.
However, Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus Mckenzie indicated that the incident has nothing to do with looting and taxi violence as commuters were concerned while travelling that route.
Meanwhile, a shooting incident reported at the Cape Town Station deck on Wednesday, July 14, after an argument ensued between drivers of rival taxi associations. SAPS have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.
This incident comes after a driver was shot in Maitland as he was coming from Bellville and heading to Cape Town. (This video contains offence language)
A statement by the Maitland, Crime Prevention Forum (CPF) confirmed the taxi-related shooting incident however, the shooting did not happen in Maitland or in the Maitland Policing Area. The allegedly shooting took place on the N2 and the driver drove to Maitland SAPS for assistance.
” As the Maitland CPF we would ask people to please verify info before just sharing and causing undue panic in an already stressful time for our country,” the statement said.
Police spokesperson, Joseph Swartbooi, also confirmed that in another taxi-related shooting incident on Wednesday, July 14, a 31-year- old man was wounded in Manenberg.
Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell also indicated during Tuesday’s online media briefing that the latest taxi-related killings, bring the total number of murders to 76 since the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, commuters around Cape Town were left stranded this morning Wednesday, as several taxi ranks were left empty.
JUST IN: CATA spokesperson Andile Seyamo says all their vehicles in WC are yet again not operating today.
Services will only resume when the ongoing #TaxiViolence is quelled.
Waiting to hear from the other taxi association, Codeta. @CapeTimesSA
— Okuhle Hlati (@okuhle_hlati) July 14, 2021
Picture: Screenshot from video/Facebook: Zolani Gwabeni