South Africa: Roads Blocked As Taxi Violence Detonate In Delft


Burning tyres have closed off Delft Main and Hindle streets in Delft after taxi savagery ejected in the zone on Monday.

Cape Town law implementation representative Wayne Dyason said that a gathering of cab drivers and proprietors have supposedly begun tossing stones at passing drivers on Delft Main Road.

Police have had some trouble in capturing the culprits.

“[The men] continue covering up when they see a police vehicle,” Dyason said.

Fire and Rescue Services have been conveyed to the scene.

Delft councillor Courtney van Wyk told News24 that an activist had notified him about the roadblocks but could not provide additional information.

Three days ago, Western Cape MEC for Transport Donald Grant condemned the killing of two taxi drivers in the area.

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“The incident is suspected to be related to ongoing tensions that have existed between taxi operators in the Delft area over a number of years and which have worsened recently,” he said.

“These acts of criminality must be condemned by us all and effectively investigated by the SAPS to ensure that these criminals are brought to justice.”

At the request of South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) Western Cape president Vernon Billet, Grant set up a committee to address the conflict, which includes the leadership of all associations operating out of Delft and the police.


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