Bus torched as taxi associations' protests carry on in Cape Town

Bus torched as taxi associations' protests carry on in Cape Town

- Saturday morning, 28 September, saw the torching of a bus as protests started at around 7 am

- The unrest is believed to have started earlier in the week after an operation against minibus taxis

- Owners and drivers feel they shouldn't be fined or arrested for offences and be approached about it first

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Minibus taxi associations and the City of Cape Town are budding heads as police continue to zoom in on taxis.

As a result, protests started earlier in the week reached a fiery point when a bus was set alight in Freedom Way, as reported on by News24.

The troubles started earlier the week and taxi owners and drivers believe that they shouldn't be fined or arrested for offences, or they should at least be engaged with by the City to discuss it.

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Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, and Cape Town Safety and Security Mayoral Committee Member, JP Smith, both condemned the violence and damage caused.

Smith said:

"The unrest started earlier this week - allegedly in response to an operation by our Traffic Service, around minibus taxis. Taxi drivers and owners believe that they should not be fined or arrested for offences."

Briefly.co.za gathered that Smith finds the idea ridiculous.

"This is a preposterous proposal. Public transport operators and owners need to realise that the law applies just as much to them as every other motorist and that they have a larger burden of responsibility than anybody else on the road. Their conduct is a disgrace."

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According to Du Noon Taxi Association secretary, Frank Qotyiwe, the police are targeting taxis in the area.

The Citizen reports that on Thursday, 26 September, the car of 2 traffic officers at a filling station on Koeberg Road was attacked by 6 people in taxis.

This was the end attack by a taxi driver on traffic officers in a week.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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