Nyanga burns over City crackdown on illegal taxis


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The Nyanga community has accused the City of Cape Town of arrogance over its “one-track” targeting of Amaphela operators in the area.

Community leader, Henry Foloti claims that Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith was not concerned that the City’s crackdown on illegal taxi operators is causing Nyanga to burn.

Foloti was speaking as a security guard’s house at the local clinic was torched during this morning’s acts of thuggery.

But Smith says that the law cannot be implemented haphazardly, and that they will ensure that everyone adheres to the regulations.

Today’s violence comes a day after traffic officers impounded 43 vehicles, of which, 36 were Amaphelas, and seven minibuses.

Foloti alleges that those behind the arson attacks and stone-throwing have been hired for a mere R 500 to cause chaos.

He claims that the illegal operators are taking advantage of people’s poverty, and use them to carry out these acts of thuggery.

Meanwhile, Western Cape police spokesperson, Captain Frederick van Wyk says that eight people have been arrested in connection with the unrest, and they will face charges of public violence in court on Monday.

He says that while the suspects were all arrested in Nyanga, its unclear if they are from the area.

The following facilities have also been closed, but no damages reported:
• Browns Farm Pool
• Phillip East MPC
• Crossroads Hall
• Barnes Camp SG
• Browns Farm Hall
• Crossroads MPC
• Phillipi West Hall
• Browns Farm Sports
• Heinz Park Hall
The Dial-a-Ride (DAR) service remains suspended in the following areas until further notice:
• Samora Machel
• Nyanga
• Khayelitsha (certain areas)
• Crossroads
• Philippi (Brown’s farm area)

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