Cape town taxi strike

Photo: Twitter / @TrafficSA

Cape Town police on high alert during taxi strike – violence reported

Cape Town police said at least one bus was torched and others were stoned. No arrests have been made thus far.

Cape town taxi strike

Photo: Twitter / @TrafficSA

The police in the Western Cape said it along with the province’s other law enforcement authorities have been deployed to maintain law and order during the ongoing taxi protest.



South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Cape Town Colonel Andre Traut said the taxi drivers are amassing in Keizergracht Street near the CPUT District Six campus ahead of their march.

On Thursday, SANTACO announced that CODETA and CATA were granted permission to march to the office of the Premier – located in Wale Street – and hand over a memorandum of grievances.

Traut confirmed the reports of violence associated with the taxi protests, which started early on Thursday. He said buses and trucks have been damaged in areas including Nyanga and Kraaifontein.

“One bus has been torched while others have been stoned,” said the police spokesperson.

“As the circumstances surrounding the public violence incidents are being investigated by detectives, arrests are yet to be made.”

Traut said heightened security measures would be maintained until the police are satisfied that stability has been restored and that the situation has been normalised.