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protestCape Times reports that a group of Cape Town minibus taxi owners with vehicles operating in Green Point, Sea Point and Hout Bay downed tools in protest at the decision to impound their vehicles this week.  

The city’s traffic service impounded 47 minibus taxis in Green Point on Monday following an illegal blockade outside the Gallows Hill driving licence testing centre by disgruntled taxi operators.  They were demanding operating permits.  On Monday, safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said: “This is the second illegal blockade in as many days and the City cannot tolerate such behaviour.”  Taxi owner Sabelo Nyama said:  “The City knows the matter because they were the ones who gave us permission to operate.  Now they changed that.  They only told us on Monday that the permission was suspended, without letting us know.  To release a taxi you must first pay R10,000.  The City doesn’t understand that we are serving people here.  Our commuters are now stranded, people do not have transport to go to work.”  Stranded commuters were forced to use metered taxis, causing a tense stand-off between minibus taxi owners and metered taxi drivers.

  • Read the full original of Bambongile Mbane’s report on the above story at Cape Times

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