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Golden ArrowNews24 reports that there seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing taxi violence gripping Cape Town, with thousands of commuters forced to make alternative transport arrangements.

On Monday, a Golden Arrow bus driver was shot in the mouth near Borcherd's Quarry as violence continued. The gunmen also fired on passing cars near the Langa taxi rank in a bloody start to Monday for commuters and taxi operators. In that shooting, two suspects were arrested. Extra police officers were deployed to hot spots last week. In a statement, Golden Arrow Bus Service said: "Our drivers are scared and many of them are not willing to get behind the wheel and we understand this. This means that we have no idea what operations tomorrow (Tuesday) will look like and unfortunately it is impossible to predict which routes and times will be affected." The bus service urged passengers to seek alternative transport for Tuesday morning. No resolution has been reached after discussions with various stakeholders that included Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and taxi bosses from the SA National Taxi Council, Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association and Congress of Democratic Taxi Association. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Monday: "It is simply unacceptable that a dispute over routes is now undermining the well-being and safety of our residents, and we will not allow this violence to continue." He added that the Provincial Joint Operations Centre had been activated to specifically address the violence and announced the province's intention of pursuing an interdict against illegal operations by taxi associations along disputed routes.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marvin Charles at News24

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