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Cape Town Station Deck Taxi Rank. Photo: Storm Simpson

Cape Town traffic staffer ‘bitten by a dog right down to the bone’, City says it won’t be intimidated by illegal taxi operators

City of Cape Town MayCo member for Safety JP Smith said traffic staff were attacked by ‘illegal taxi operators’ in Brackenfell.

taxi violence Langa cape town

Cape Town Station Deck Taxi Rank. Photo: Storm Simpson

The City of Cape Town said its traffic officers were attacked during an operation in the Brackenfell area last week. The local government said the incident was meant to deter action against illegal operators in the taxi industry.


MayCo Member of Safety and Security in Cape Town, JP Smith, said the attack was unacceptable but not surprising.

Over the years, we have seen a very violent response from illegal taxi operators who think that they are untouchable and can deter enforcement through intimidation,” said Smith.

The traffic service staff were recently attacked while conducting a permit checking operation in Brackenfell, said Smith. The assailants reportedly followed the staff to the Driving License Testing Centre and attacked them again.

“One of them was bitten by a dog right down to the bone. This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated, nor will it succeed in deterring our efforts to maintain law and order on the roads, and protect the public,” said Smith.

The City of Cape Town’s three enforcement services – Law Enforcement, Metro Police and Traffic Service – have made 150 arrests and issued 58 250 fines during the past week.

Smith said the city is ramping up its security operations as the festive season approaches. However, he cautioned that safety “is a shared responsibility” and called on residents and visitors to “play a role in ensuring their own safety.”

The public can report any emergency incidents to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre via 107 – from a landline – or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

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